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
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 Collaborative Grant Co-recipient
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Andia Biraro is a senior lecturer at the Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. She is also an Honorary Scientist at...

SANTHE Collaborative Grant Co-recipient
Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Centre for Global Health (CHGR), Kisumu, Kenya

Barbara Burmen is a Senior Research Officer and HIV and TB Implementation Science Lead for the HIV and TB Implementation Science Branch of the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Centers for...

SANTHE Collaborative Grant Awardee

Candice Chetty has a PhD in Research Psychology. Her key areas of focus include: Adolescent trials, HIV and TB prevention programmes, socio-behavioural and studies on medical male circumcision....

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 and Collaborative Grant Awardee
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...

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...

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
College of Computing & College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Daudi Jjingo is the Programme Director/PI for the Ugandan NIH H3Africa bioinformatics training programme (BRECA). He is a senior bioinformatics scientist and holds research interests both in the...

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 Senior Researcher/Supervisor and Collaborative Grant Awardee

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
Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA), University of Nairobi and University of Manitoba, Kenya Research Collaborative Group

Joshua Kimani is an experienced clinical epidemiologist with a Medical Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Washington,...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor

Khei Koofhethile completed a Post-doctoral fellowship based at the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP), University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban, South Africa, working on the immune mechanisms of viral...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor and Collaborative Grant Awardee

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 Collaborative Grant Co-recipient

Monica Kuteesa is a senior scientist in the HIV epidemiology and interventions programme at the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI) Uganda Research Institute on...

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

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 Collaborative Grant Co-recipient
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maryland, USA

Yukari Manabe is a Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases within the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maryland, USA. She has joint appointments...

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

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

Tivani Mashamba-Thompson is the Academic Leader for Research in the School of Nursing and Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), a NRF rated Scientist and Health Professions Council of...

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

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 and Collaborative Grant Awardee
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa

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 and Collaborative Grant Awardee

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...

Professor Thumbi Ndung’u BVM, PhD
SANTHE Programme Director, Consortium Steering Committee Member & Site Principal Investigator
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa

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
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Massachusetts, USA

Vlad Novitsky is a Principal Research Scientist at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health's Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases (HSPH) in Massachusetts, USA, and the Botswana...

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...

SANTHE Senior Researcher/Supervisor
University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa

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 and Collaborative Grant Awardee
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

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 and Collaborative Grant Awardee
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa

Veron Ramsuran is a senior lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, College of Health Sciences, in Durban, South Africa. He is also a group leader at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and...

SANTHE Collaborative Grant Co-recipient
Ministry of Health, Kampala, Uganda

Mugabe Frank Rwabinumi is the head of the Uganda National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme at the Ministry of Health in Uganda where for the past three years, he has spearheaded important...

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...

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

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 Collaborative Grant Co-recipient
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Ian Tietjen’s research focuses on mechanisms of viral pathogenesis and antiviral discovery. His laboratory uses cell biology, genetics, and drug discovery techniques to investigate the molecular...

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
University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa

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...

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 Collaborative Grant Awardee
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Stella Zawedde-Muyanja is a doctoral research fellow at the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, where she works to improve provision of tuberculosis care services in public health...