Elucidating the best phylogenetic methods for the characterisation of HIV transmission dynamics in hyperendemic settings

Sibisi’s study focuses on the identification of the best phylogenetic methods to describe transmission dynamics in three different key affected populations, namely, young women in South Africa,...

Human physiological function has always sparked Zandile Sibisi’s imagination, stimulated her capacity for forming new ideas and honed her abilities in analysis and testing.

Phenotypic and functional characterisation of HIV infected CD4 cell subsets in lymph node tissues of ART suppressed patients, immune response in active TB, latent TB and protective factors against TB in contacts of smear positive TB

Sakala is studying the phenotypic and functional characterisation of HIV infected CD4 cell subsets in lymph node tissues of ART suppressed patients. HIV/AIDS continues to be one of the leading causes...

Moses Sakala’s journey in the field of immunology and antiviral therapies started with his observance of many people suffering from viral infections, including very close relatives who had been taken away by HIV despite being on medication for some time; with no hope of being cured.

Evaluation of accessibility of point of care diagnostics for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Zambia

Many countries, especially countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that are struggling with the HIV epidemic are being encouraged to implement new affordable HIV-related point of care tests. Point of care (...
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Juliet Katoba obtained her bachelor’s degree in the early 2000’s from the University of Zambia and joined the University Teaching Hospital as a laboratory technician in the Virology laboratory. She worked on a project that aimed to understand the infection of HIV from mother-to-child.

 HIV-1 and STI Incidence and PrEP Uptake among HIV-1 negative MSM in Coastal Kenya

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) maintains an ongoing cohort study of men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers in Coastal Kenya. In...

Elizabeth Wahome has been working at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Wellcome Trust Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, which is supported by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), as data manager.

Generation and characterisation of infectious molecular clones of transmitted/founder HIV-1 subtype C viruses

In most heterosexual transmission, HIV infection is usually established by one or a few viruses while the infected partner has many viruses. Luthuli will be studying the characteristics of the...

Bonisile Luthuli’s desire to pursue scientific research in HIV dates back to her teenage years in Dundee, in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where she witnessed first-hand, disease devastation as a result to HIV and AIDS.