Functional characterisation of HIV-1 reservoirs in lymph nodes and peripheral blood mononuclear cells

Research has shown that the current antiretroviral therapy (ART) is highly effective in limiting HIV replication, prolonging the life span of infected individuals as well as reducing transmission.

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

Doty Ojwach was born in Kenya and pursued her basic training Bsc (Hons) Biomedical science degree at Maseno University, relocating to South Africa to further her studies.

Data evaluation and CIPHER preparation for an HIV exposed uninfected child cohort collaboration

With an increase in coverage of HIV testing and use of antiretroviral regimens for HIV prevention and treatment in pregnancy, there are improvements in maternal health and survival and decreases se

University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Town, South Africa

Barbara Burmen has an interest in implementation science i.e. using routinely collected information (or research data) to support evidence-informed clinical, policy and programmatic decision making.


Motswedi Anderson’s research interests are in viral hepatitis (B, C, D and E) and human immunodeficiency virus. Her current project is entitled, “Occult hepatitis B virus infections in HIV-1 infected individuals in Botswana: incidence, kinetics and mechanisms”.

Mechanisms underlying the transmitted/founder virus bottleneck and the spread of HIV-1 subtypes

Out of the many HIV variants in an infected host, only one or few viruses; termed the transmitted/founder (TF) viruses, are able to cross the mucosal barrier and establish infectio


Omolara Baiyegunhi has a keen interest in biomedical research and obtained her PhD degree in Immunology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa.

Viral diversity as an innovative biomarker of HIV incidence

The scale-up of Treat for All programme is the game changer for estimating HIV incidence from cross-sectional sampling.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Massachusetts, USA

Sikhulile Moyo is Deputy Laboratory Director at the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) and a research associate with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Validation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis curli pili (MTP) as a biomarker for the diagnosis of tuberculosis

This project involves identifying and validating specific biomarkers for sensitive diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB).