About Dr. Veron Ramsuran

veron.ramsuran@gmail.com +27 (0) 31 260 4898


Dr. Veron Ramsuran graduated with a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he examined host factors associating with HIV disease. He spent almost 70% of his PhD in two international laboratories, i.e. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After completion of his PhD he was recruited to join the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard as a post-doctoral research fellow, he had a joint affiliation with a contractor to the NIH and NCI. His appointment was under the mentorship of Dr. Mary Carrington. His work continued to focus on host factors associating with HIV disease, with special interest on the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) genes. After completing 5 years in these institutes Dr. Ramsuran returned to South Africa where he is currently a Senior Lecturer within the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Current Affiliations:

Group leader: KRISP - KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform, UKZN, Durban, South Africa.

- Senior Lecturer: School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.


- Post Doctorate: Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard and National Cancer Institute (NCI) a division of the National Institute of Health (NIH) (2012-2016).

- PhD in Genetics: HIV Pathogenesis Programme and University of KwaZulu-Natal (2007-2011).

- MSc in Genetics: School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal (2006).


Genome-wide Association Study Identifies HLA-DPB1 as a Significant Risk Factor for Severe Aplastic Anemia.
Savage SA, Viard M, O'hUigin C, Zhou W, Yeager M, Li SA, Wang T, Ramsuran V, Vince N, Vogt A, Hicks B, Burdett L, Chung C, Dean M, de Andrade KC, Freedman ND, Berndt SI, Rothman N, Lan Q, Cerhan JR, Slager SL, Zhang Y, Teras LR, Haagenson M, Chanock SJ, Spellman SR, Wang Y, Willis A, Askar M, Lee SJ, Carrington M, Gadalla SM, Am J Hum Genet. (2020), pii: S0002-9297(20)30004-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.01.004:.

Effects of genetic variability on rifampicin and isoniazid pharmacokinetics in South African patients with recurrent tuberculosis.
Naidoo A, Chirehwa M, Ramsuran V, McIlleron H, Naidoo K, Yende-Zuma N, Singh R, Ncgapu S, Adamson J, Govender K, Denti P, Padayatchi N, Pharmacogenomics (2019), doi: 10.2217/pgs-2018-0166:.

Pre-eclampsia: the role of highly active antiretroviral therapy and immune markers.
Phoswa WN, Naicker T, Ramsuran V, Moodley J, Inflamm Res. (2018), doi: 10.1007/s00011-018-1190-3:.

Effect of genetic variation in UGT1A and ABCB1 on moxifloxacin pharmacokinetics in South African patients with tuberculosis.
Naidoo A, Ramsuran V, Chirehwa M, Denti P, McIlleron H, Naidoo K, Yende-Zuma N, Singh R, Ngcapu S, Chaudhry M, Pepper MS, Padayatchi N, Pharmacogenomics (2018), 19(1):17-29. doi: 10.2217/pgs-2017-0144:.

Case report: mechanisms of HIV elite control in two African women.
Moosa Y, Tanko RF, Ramsuran V, Singh R, Madzivhandila M, Yende-Zuma N, Abrahams MR, Selhorst P, Gounder K, Moore PL, Williamson C, Abdool Karim SS, Garrett NJ, Burgers WA, BMC Infect Dis (2018), 18(1):54. doi: 10.1186/s12879-018-2961-8:.

Elevated HLA-A expression impairs HIV control through inhibition of NKG2A-expressing cells.
Ramsuran V, Vivek Naranbhai, Amir Horowitz, Ying Qi, Maureen P. Martin, Yuko Yuki, Xiaojiang Gao, Victoria Walker-Sperling, Gregory Q. Del Prete, Douglas K. Schneider, Jeffrey D. Lifson, Jacques Fellay, Steven G. Deeks, Jeffrey N. Martin, James J. Goedert, Steven M. Wolinsky, Nelson L. Michael, Gregory D. Kirk, Susan Buchbinder, David Haas, Thumbi Ndung'u, Philip Goulder, Peter Parham, Bruce D. Walker, Jonathan M. Carlson and Mary Carrington, Science (2018), 359:86-90.

Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor 3DL1 variation modifies HLA-B*57 protection against HIV-1.
Martin MP, Naranbhai V, Shea PR, Qi Y, Ramsuran V, Vince N, Gao X, Thomas R, Brumme ZL, Carlson JM, Wolinsky SM, Goedert JJ, Walker BD, Segal FP, Deeks SG, Haas DW, Migueles SA, Connors M, Michael N, Fellay J, Gostick E, Llewellyn-Lacey S, Price DA, Lafont BA, Pymm P, Saunders PM, Widjaja J, Wong SC, Vivian JP, Rossjohn J, Brooks AG, Carrington M, J Clin Invest. (2018), pii: 98463. doi: 10.1172/JCI98463:.

Hyperbilirubinemia in atazanavir-treated human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients: the impact of the UGT1A1*28 allele.
Naidoo A, Naidoo K, Ramsuran V, Reddy M, Padayatchi N, Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine (2017), :doi: 10.2147/PGPM.S146787.

Sequence and Phylogenetic Analysis of the Untranslated Promoter Regions for HLA Class I Genes.
Ramsuran V, Hernandez-Sanchez PG, O'hUigin C, Sharma G, Spence N, Augusto DG, Gao X, Garcia-Sepulveda CA, Kaur G, Mehra NK, Carrington M,, J Immunol (2017), pii: 1601679:.

HLA-C Level Is Regulated by a Polymorphic Oct1 Binding Site in the HLA-C Promoter Region.
Vince N, Li H, Ramsuran V, Naranbhai V, Duh FM, Fairfax BP, Saleh B, Knight JC, Anderson SK, Carrington M, Am J Hum Genet (2016), 99(6):1353-1358.

Epigenetic regulation of differential HLA-A allelic expression levels.
Ramsuran V, Kulkarni S, O'huigin C, Yuki Y, Augusto DG, Gao X, Carrington M, Hum Mol Genet (2015), 24(15):4268-75.

Epigenetic mechanisms, T-cell activation, and CCR5 genetics interact to regulate T-cell expression of CCR5, the major HIV-1 coreceptor.
Gornalusse GG, Mummidi S, Gaitan AA, Jimenez F, Ramsuran V, Picton A, Rogers K, Manoharan MS, Avadhanam N, Murthy KK, Martinez H, Molano Murillo A, Chykarenko ZA, Hutt R, Daskalakis D, Shostakovich-Koretskaya L, Abdool Karim S, Martin JN, Deeks SG, Hecht F, Sinclair E, Clark RA, Okulicz J, Valentine FT, Martinson N, Tiemessen CT, Ndung'u T, Hunt PW, He W, Ahuja SK., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A (2015), 112(34):E4762-71.

Expression of the CCR5 HIV co-receptor in women with genital schistosomiasis.
Kleppa E, Ramsuran V, Zulu S, Karlsen GH, Bere A, Passmore JA, Ndhlovu P, Lillebo K, Holmen SD, Onsrud M, Gundersen SG, Taylor M, Kjetland EF, Ndung'u T, 16th ICID Abstracts / International Journal of Inf (2014), 21S:1-460.

Effect of female genital schistosomiasis and anti-schistosomal treatment on monocytes, CD4+ T-cells and CCR5 expression in the female genital tract.
Kleppa E, Ramsuran V, Zulu S, Karlsen GH, Bere A, Passmore JA, Ndhlovu P, Lillebo K, Holmen SD, Onsrud M, Gundersen SG, Taylor M, Kjetland EF, Ndung'u T, PLoS One (2014), 9(6):e98593.

Genetic interplay between HLA-C and MIR148A in HIV control and Crohn disease.
Kulkarni S, Qi Y, O'hUigin C, Pereyra F, Ramsuran V, McLaren P, Fellay J, Nelson G, Chen H, Liao W, Bass S, Apps R, Gao X, Yuki Y, Lied A, Ganesan A, Hunt PW, Deeks SG, Wolinsky S, Walker BD, Carrington M, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A (2013), 110(51):20705-10.

Influence of variations in CCL3L1 and CCR5 on tuberculosis in a northwestern Colombian population.
Mamtani M, Mummidi S, Ramsuran V, Pham MH, Maldonado R, Begum K, Valera MS, Sanchez R, Castiblanco J, Kulkarni H, Ndung'u T, He W, Anaya JM, Ahuja SK, J Infect Dis (2011), 203(11):1590-4.

Duffy-null-associated low neutrophil counts influence HIV-1 susceptibility in high-risk South African black women.
Ramsuran V, Kulkarni H, He W, Mlisana K, Wright EJ, Werner L, Castiblanco J, Dhanda R, Le T, Dolan MJ, Guan W, Weiss RA, Clark RA, Karim SS, Ahuja SK, Ndung'u T, Clin Infect Dis. (2011), 52(10):1248-56.

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