Kavidha Reddy

SANTHE Researcher & Data Science Support Awardee

Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), Durban, South Africa

Collaboration Interests
  • HIV clinical studies
  • HIV-1 reservoirs
  • HIV-1 subtype C infection
  • Virology

Kavidha Reddy is a Research Associate at AHRI. Her current work focuses on in-depth longitudinal characterisation of the HIV-1 subtype C reservoir, that is a major barrier to HIV-1 curative efforts. HIV reservoir studies in African populations are limited, particularly in subtype C HIV-1 infection, which is the most prevalent form of HIV-1 globally and predominates in southern Africa. Her work is aimed at providing a deeper understanding of the variability in the size, composition, and characteristics of the genetic landscapes of persisting reservoir genomes. This work has direct relevance to interventional therapeutic and cure strategies and vaccine design, a critical goal in the HIV research field.

SANTHE is an Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) flagship programme funded by the Science for Africa Foundation through the DELTAS Africa programme; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gilead Sciences Inc.; and the Ragon Institute of Mass General, MIT, and Harvard.