RESEARCHERS & STUDENTS

We are based at Doris Duke Medical Research Institute (DDMRI) at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences (CHS), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Many of our researchers have fellowships and/or honorary positions at the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), Durban, South Africa.

Our group is also supported by Patrick Charls (National Manager) and Craig Douman (Server Administrator) from the Information Technology Services Division at the South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa, who maintain our Linux bioinformatics servers.

Members of the group Former members of the group

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

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

Post-doctoral researcher fellow with interests in BIG DATA analysis.

Dr. Alain Vandormael

Post-doctoral researcher fellow. 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.

Pascal Brandt - Completed MSc in 2014. Current at Stanford University

Dr. Siva Danaviah - Laboratory specialist at Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI)

Rachael Dellar - Completed research fellowship in 2015. Current at Oxford University

Megan Druce - Completed her MSc (Cum Laude) in 2016. Awareded a PhD fellowship at the German Cancer Research Institute (DKFZ)

Dr. Glen Malherbe - Completed his PhD in 2014.

Dr. Justen Manasa - Completed PhD in 2015. Current at Stanford University.

Phiwokuhle Mjoli - Completed MSc in 2016.

Dr. Sikhulile Moyo - Completed his PhD in 2016. Current at Botswana Harvard Partnership (BHP)

Sthembiso Msweli - Completed his MSc in 2016. Lab manager at National Healh Laboratories (NHLS)

Dr. Ben Murrell - Completed his MSc in 2013. Research Fellow at University of San Diego.

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

Dr. Filipe Rego - Completed his PhD in 2014. Current a researcher at Bahian School of Medicine.

Lavanya Singh - Completed her MSc (Cum Laude) in 2014.

Dr. Phetole Walter Mahasha - Completed his PhD in 2014

Jaffer Zaidi - Completed his research fellowship in 2014. Currently doing a PhD at Harvard University


KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), K-RITH Tower Building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN

Contact: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, Tel: +27 31 260 4898, Email: tuliodna@gmail.com & deoliveira@ukzn.ac.za

Page design updated 2015. Many of the pages were previously hosted at bioafrica.net.