We challenge the status quo by attracting, training & retaining both top African scientists that understand the problem from the ground level & the best international minds.


Benjamin Chimukangara

PhD student. Research interests on genomics, bioinformatics and drug resistance. PhD in collaboration with CAPRISA, NHLS and Stanford University.

Nicolette Crozier

I currently work as a Bioinformatics Science Manager for BioAfrica at Nelson Mandela School of Medicine for Prof. Tulio de Oliveira and Prof. Frank Tanser

Prof. Tulio de Oliveira

My research interests concentrates on viral evolution under selection pressure created in the transmission, acquisition and drug escape processes. A particular point of interest is on the study of virus' origins and the effect of network of transmissions in the spread of epidemics in Africa and other continents. I also enjoy developing bioinformatics software applications and running a next generation sequencing (NGS) laboratory.

Dr. Jennifer Giandhari

Post-doctoral researcher fellow. Research interests in HIV-1 genomics and drug resistance.

Dr. Tiago Graf

Research interests in phylogenetics and molecular evolution.

Dr. Richard Lessells

Completed a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship and PhD at LSHTM, U.K. Clinical Infectious Diseases Specialist with interests in HIV & TB drug resistance, epidemiology and clinical management

Dr. Yumna Moosa

PhD/MSc student. Research interests in viromics, bioinformatics and mathematics.

Farirai Mutenherwa

My PhD focuses on the social, ethical and legal issues associated with using pathogen data to link infections, in particular, using phylogenetic analysis results as evidence to prove HIV transmission

Sureshnee Pillay

Completed her MSc in 2014. Currently at Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies.

Dr. Veron Ramsuran

My work focus on host factors associating with HIV disease, with special interest on the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) genes. I am also very interested epigenetics techniques such as CRISPR and DNA methylation.

Dr. Andrew Tomita

Senior Lecturer: School of Nursing and Public Health, UKZN. Research interest is in social epidemiology, focusing on health services strengthening and social determinants of HIV, TB and mental health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Alain Vandormael

Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Public Health, UKZN. Multi-disciplinary research interests, including sociology, epidemiology, statistics, and demography.

Dr. Eduan Wilkinson

My main area of interest is the molecular epidemiology of HIV-1 in the Southern African region.