Researchers / Supervisors

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA

Jacqueline Achkar is a physician scientist specialised in Infectious Diseases with an additional Master of Science Degree in Clinical Research Methods. She is currently an Associate Professor of...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa

Tulio de Oliviera’s research interests concentrate on HIV evolution under selection pressure created in the transmission, acquisition and drug escape processes. A particular point of interest is...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Joakim Esbjörnsson is principal investigator and head of the Systems Virology group at the Department of Laboratory Science, Lund University, Sweden. His research represents an interdisciplinary...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa

Kamini Gounder is a research scientist with at the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP), University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. She received her PhD in Biotechnology from the University...

Professor Thumbi Ndung’u BVM, PhD
SANTHE Programme Director, Consortium Steering Committee Member & Site Principal Investigator

Thumbi Ndung'u is both the SANTHE Programme Director and the Director of the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP). He also heads a laboratory at AHRI (the African Health Research Institute) -...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Al Leslie joined K-RITH (the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV) – now part of Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) in 2012 with a clear scientific purpose: to understand...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Henrik Kløverpris’ interest in HIV immunology first piqued at MSc level when, in 2005, he co-ordinated an HIV T-cell vaccine trial in Anders Fomsgaard’s laboratory at the Statens Serum Institute...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Alex Pym joined K-RITH (the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV) – now part of Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) as an Associate Investigator in November 2011, and is...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Tivani Mashamba-Thompson is a Senior Lecturer, co-ordinator for Master of Medical Science programme in the Discipline of Public Health Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Health Professions...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, Department of Integrative Biomedical Sciences, University of Cape Town

Darren is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town working on microbial evolution with a specific impact on genetic recombination.

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Jaclyn Mann is a senior lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and a faculty member of the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP) at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN. Her...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Zaza Ndhlovu’s studies seek to understand the mechanism by which rare people, who are able to control viral replication in the absence of therapy (elite controllers), achieve long-term...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa

Manormoney Pillay is an Associate Professor in Medical Microbiology, and Academic Leader, Infectious Diseases Cluster, School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, College of Health...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
Careena Centre for Health, Gaborone, Botswana

Ava Avalos is Director of the Careena Centre for Health and Principle Investigator for The Botswana Epidemiological ART Treatment Cohort Study. She is an HIV specialist physician who has been...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Alex Sigal was born in the Soviet Union and grew up in Israel, the US, and Canada. He completed his MSc studies at the Weizmann Institute in Israel and travelled eastern Africa by bicycle, where...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Khei Koofhethile is a post-doctoral Fellow at HPP, working on the immune mechanisms of viral control in individuals with protective HLA alleles.

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Eunice Nduati initially joined KWTRP in Nairobi working on antimalarial drug resistance. In 2005 she transferred to Kilifi to pursue her interest in the immunology of infectious diseases under the...

Dr Andy Guise PhD

Dr Andy Guise is a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of California San Diego. Recent research in high and low income settings has focussed on...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Elise van der Elst obtained her PhD at the University of Amsterdam and has been a sociobehavioural scientist with KWTRP since 2003. Her current qualitative social research focuses on two main...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

William Kilembe is a Project Director and study physician at Zambia Emory HIV Research Project (ZEHRP) in Lusaka. He is a graduate from the University of Zambia School of Medicine; has MSc in...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Jesus Salazar is a senior molecular virologist and project leader at the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS. His research interests include the molecular mechanisms underlying the bottleneck in...

Emily Wong
SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Emily Wong is an infectious disease specialist physician and researcher whose work focuses on the immune response to tuberculosis at the site of disease – in the lung and infected tissues. Wong is...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Angela Kaida is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Canada and holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Perspectives in HIV and Sexual and...

SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (African Collaborating Partner Site) & Senior Researcher/Supervisor
University of Washington, Washington, USA

Susan Graham is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Global Health, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Visiting Scientist at the...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Pholo Maenetje holds a PhD in immunology and is currently employed as a Scientist at the Aurum Institute Clinical Research Division in Rustenburg, South Africa. Maenetje is a Principal...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
University of the Witwatersrand

Claire Penn holds the endowed the Chair of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently the Director of the Health...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
University of the Witwatersrand

Jennifer Watermeyer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the Health Communication Research Unit (HCRU) at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Dr Peter Mwaba is affiliated to the University of Zambia – University College London Medical School (UNZA-UCLMS) project. He has been part of ULCMS since its inception. Under this project, he has...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

Manormoney Pillay is Associate Professor in Medical Microbiology, and Academic Leader, Infectious Diseases Cluster, School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences,...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Sody M. Munsaka is a Neuroimmune and Infectious Diseases scientist working as a lecturer and Assistant Dean for Research at the University of Zambia, School of Health Sciences in the Department of...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa

Dr Benn Sartorius’s academic qualifications include a PhD in applied epidemiology/biostatistics, a 2-year applied field epidemiology fellowship (European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Abdullahi Osman has been working in the field of epidemiology since 2004. His academic career in science started in January 2003 when he was admitted to an inaugural class of epidemiology to...