Terishia Hariram

SANTHE Scientific Innovation Awardee

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Durban, South Africa


A longitudinal analysis of the gut microbiome of stunted children infected with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – a pilot project

Collaboration Interests
  • Impact of gut microbiome of progression from early-stage TB to clinical TB
  • Paediatric HIV
  • Paediatric malnutrition

Terishia Hariram is a paediatrician and honorary clinical fellow in the School of Clinical Medicine at UKZN. She is currently building her career as a clinician researcher, conducting doctoral research that investigates the role of the gut microbiome in perpetuating chronic malnutrition (stunting) in HIV-infected children on anti-retroviral therapy (ART), using next generation sequencing techniques. With the changing epidemiology of HIV infection in Sub-Saharan Africa since ART, attenuating the risk of non-AIDS related morbidity in children and adolescents on ART has become a global and national research priority. Her aim is to pilot exploratory metagenomic research in this high-risk sub-group of children, with the potential to inform future interventional studies, which could ultimately improve stunting and impact positively on their long-term outcomes.

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.