Site Principal Investigators

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) -...

Professor Eduard Sanders MD, MPH, PhD
Co-recipient of the SANTHE grant, Consortium Steering Committee Member & Site Principal Investigator

Eduard Sanders is a Professor of Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the University of Oxford, and is based in Kilifi, Kenya. He is the principal investigator of several observational studies...

Dr Etienne Karita MD, MSc, MPH
Co-recipient of the SANTHE grant, Consortium Steering Committee Member & Site Principal Investigator

Etienne Karita is the Country Director of Project San Fancisco (PSF), a clinical research organisation established in Kigali, Rwanda since 1986. Together with its sister organisation, the Zambia...

Dr Simani Gaseitsiwe PhD
Co-recipient of the SANTHE grant, Consortium Committee Member & Site Principal Investigator

Simani Gaseitsiwe is the Deputy Laboratory Director at Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership(BHP) and a Research Associate with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He holds a BSc...

Professor Marcus Altfeld MD, PhD
SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (Non-African Collaborating Partner Site)
Heinrich Pette Institute, Hamburg, Germany

Marcus Altfeld is Director of the Department “Virus Immunology” at Heinrich Pette Institute in Hamburg, Germany. He is interested in the characterisation of protective immune responses against HIV...

SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (African Collaborating Partner Site)
Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative-Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR)

Omu Anzala is a Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and Director of KAVI – Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI - ICR). He obtained his medical...

SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (African Collaborating Partner Site)

Bernard Bagaya holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Laboratory Technology (BBLT) and a Master of Science in Molecular Biology from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. He graduated in May 2014 with a...

Dr Bellington Vwalika MD, MSc
SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (African Collaborating Partner Site)

Bellington Vwalika is based in Lusaka, Zambia. As Obstetrician/Gynaecologist/Epidemiologist, he has held appointments as Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University Teaching Hospital in...

Dr Mark A. Brockman PhD
SANTHE Consortium Committee Member & Site Principal Investigator (Non-African Collaborating Partner Site)
Simon Fraser University (SFU), British Columbia, Canada

Mark Brockman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada, and an Associate...

Dr Vinodh Edward BSc, BTech, MTech, DTech
SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (African Collaborating Partner Site)

Vinodh Edward has been a basic sciences researcher since 2000. He has been involved in clinical trials management since 2005. Edward is registered as a professional natural scientist, which allows...

SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (Non-African Collaborating Partner Site)
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...

Professor Max Essex DVM, PhD
SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (Non-African Collaborating Partner Site)
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Max Essex is Lasker Professor of Health Sciences at Harvard University, Chair of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (HAI), and Chair of the Botswana Harvard AIDS...

Professor Jill Gilmour PhD
SANTHE Consortium Committee Member & Non-African Collaborating Partner
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), Human Immunology Laboratory, London, UK

Jill Gilmour is the Executive Director for Human Immunology at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and Principal Investigator of the IAVI Human Immunology Laboratory (HIL) at Imperial...

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...

Professor Eric Hunter PhD
SANTHE Consortium Committee Member & Site Principal Investigator (Non-African Collaborating Partner Site)
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Eric Hunter is Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. He is Co-Director of the Emory Centre for AIDS Research and a Georgia Research...

SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (African Collaborating Partner Site)

Professor of Medical Science and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ishmael Kasvosve is employed as a teaching and research scholar at University of Botswana. His current research interests...

Dr Shabir Lakhi MBChB, MMed, MPH
SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (African Collaborating Partner Site)

Shabir Lakhi is a consultant physician with a special focus on infectious diseases, and the current Chair of Internal Medicine at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka Zambia. He has...

Dr Michelle Larsen PhD
SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (Non-African Collaborating Partner Site)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA

Michelle Larsen is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Albert of Einstein College of Medicine. In 1996, Larsen’s doctoral work with Dr David Figurski at Columbia University on drug-resistance...

Professor David Lewinsohn MD, PhD
SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (Non-African Collaborating Partner Site)
Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon, USA

David Lewinsohn is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. He also has adjunct appointments in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology as well as...

Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones MA, DM, FRCP, FMedSci
SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (Non-African Collaborating Partner Site)
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Sarah Rowland-Jones trained in medicine in Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and then in Infectious Diseases in London and Oxford. She is currently Professor of Immunology in the Nuffield...

SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (African Collaborating Partner Site)

Aline Umubyeyi recieved her PhD at Sahlgrenska Academy, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden. She is currently the Acting Dean at the School of Public Health,...

Professor Bruce Walker MD
SANTHE Site Principal Investigator (Non-African Collaborating Partner Site)
Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

Bruce Walker is the Director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. In addition to...