Dr. Alain Vandormael

Post-doctoral researcher fellow. Multi-disciplinary research interests, including sociology, epidemiology, statistics, and demography.

Contact Details:

Email: avandormael@africacentre.ac.za

Telephone: +27 (0) 31 260 3744


As a social epidemiologist, I am interested in identifying the set of demographic, institutional, and clinic level factors that may limit the efficacy of HIV prevention strategies in the South African context. These factors are likely to be associated with distinct and identifiable risk groups that continue to drive the high levels of new HIV infections within rural communities. I have experience in the statistical analysis of surveillance, longitudinal, and cross-sectional survey data using Stata and R. I have also partnered in academic and government settings; collaborated on multidisciplinary research projects, reports and publications; and acquired experience in the planning and management of research-related projects.


Ph.D. Sociology University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Sept. 2014

M.S. Statistics University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, February 2014

M.A. Sociology University of Pretoria, South Africa, May 2005

B.A. Psychology University of Pretoria, South Africa, January 2003

Open access pdf Publications

CD4+ T-cell count may not be a useful strategy to monitor antiretroviral therapy response in HTLV-1/HIV co-infected patients.
Vandormael A, Rego F, Danaviah S, Alcantara L, Boulware D, de Oliveira T, Current HIV Research (2017), :doi: 10.2174/1570162X15666170216114917.

Social disequilibrium and the risk of HIV acquisition: A multilevel study in rural KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Tomita A, Vandormael AM, Barnighausen T, de Oliveira T, Tanser F, J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. (2017), :10.1097/QAI.0000000000001349.

Pairwise diversity and tMRCA as potential markers for HIV infection recency.
Moyo S, Wilkinson E, Vandormael A, Wang R, Weng J, Kotokwe KP, Gaseitsiwe S, Musonda R, Makhema J, Essex M, Engelbrecht S, de Oliveira T, Novitsky V , Medicine (Baltimore) (2017), 96:doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000006041.

Analysis of Viral Diversity in Relation to the Recency of HIV-1C Infection in Botswana.
Moyo S, Vandormael A, Wilkinson E, Engelbrecht S, Gaseitsiwe S, Kotokwe, KP, Musonda R, Tanser F, Essex M, Novitsky V, de Oliveira T, PLoS One (2016), 11(8):DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0160649.

Brief Report: Virologic Monitoring Can Be a Cost-Effective Strategy to Diagnose Treatment Failure on First-Line ART.
Vandormael AM, Boulware DR, Tanser FC, Barnighuasen TW, Stott KE, de Oliveira T, J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. (2016), 71(4):462?466.

Identifying Recent HIV Infections: From Serological Assays to Genomics.
Moyo S, Wilkinson E, Novitsky V, Vandormael A, Gaseitsiwe S, Essex M, Engelbrecht S, de Oliveira T , Viruses (2015), 7:5508-5524; doi:10.3390/v7102887.

Use of antiretroviral therapy in households and risk of HIV acquisition in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 2004-12: a prospective cohort study.
Vandormael A, Newell ML, Barnighausen T, Tanser F, Lancet Global Health (2014), 2:e209-215.

KRISP News Section from Bioafrica and SATuRN websites
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IDSE Infectious Diseases

CD4+ Count Not Useful to Assess ART Response in HTLV-1/HIV Coinfection

IDSE Infectious Diseases - 2017-03-21

Patients coinfected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus 1 (HTLV-1) and HIV continue to have elevated CD4+ T-cell counts, even though there is no difference in their HIV viral load levels after antiretroviral therapy when compared with patients who just have HIV (Curr HIV Res 2017).


CD4+ T-cell count useful to assess antiretroviral therapy response in HTLV-1/HIV patients?

EurekaAlert! - 2017-03-17

News coverage and clinical management implication of our recent HIV/HTLV co-infection manuscript, Current HIV Research, 2017

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