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Using transcriptomics to understand the compartment-specific effects of HIV on immune function in the lung and peripheral blood

Human immune deficiency virus (HIV) remains a major health issue worldwide, and especially in sub-Saharan African.

PhD

Bongiwe Xulu was born and raised together with nine siblings in Mtubatuba, north-coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and is currently residing in Durban with her husband and their two daughters.

Biological characterisation of Nef protein in early divergent HIV‐1 lineages from Cameroon

HIV-1 Negative factor (Nef) protein plays a fundamental role in the pathogenesis of HIV. It contributes to the downregulation of HLA and CD4.

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Center of Research for Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases (CREMER), Yaounde, Cameroon

Nelson Sonela has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Honours and a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Yaounde I- Cameroon. He is currently enrolled at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and is very interested in understanding host pathogen interaction.

Restoring NK cell activity in HIV infected individuals

The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region influences the strength of the immune response to infection and plays a role in various diseases.

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

Kimone Leigh Fisher has a Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Microbiology, Honours in Medical Microbiology, and a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Microbiology.

The potential of broadly neutralising monoclonal antibodies for HIV-1 prevention and cure

Mandizvo claims that, “HIV is a sloppy virus - it makes a lot of mistakes and doesn't correct them.” This characteristic makes it difficult for antibodies fighting HIV to keep up.

PhD

Tawanda Mandizvo graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry and Chemistry from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa, and a BSc Honours in Medicinal Chemistry from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, and a Master of Medical Science degree from UKZN.

The Burden of HPV infection and HPV-related conditions among key population in KZN and its implications during the HIV era

HPV infection causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer, however there is paucity of information regarding prevailing cases HPV induced vaginal, vulvar, penile, and anal cancers.

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

Yanga Mdleleni grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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