About Dr. Eduan Wilkinson

ewilkinson83@gmail.com +27 (0) 35 550 7500


I recently completed my PhD at Stellenbosch University, which focused on uncovering the history and macro-dynamic aspects of the heterosexual HIV-1 subtype C epidemic in the Southern African region. I recently joined the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies as a post-doctoral research fellow under the supervision of Prof. Tulio de Oliveira. My post-doctoral research focuses on the identification and characterization of transmission events of HIV-1 in a small rural community in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in order to obtain a better understanding of the factors driving transmission of the virus in this rural community, and to develop better targeted HIV-1 prevention strategies.


Major new lineages of SARS-CoV-2 emerge and spread in South Africa during lockdown.
Tegally H, Wilkinson E, Lessells R, Giandhari J, Pillay S, Msomi N, Mlisana K, Bhiman J, Allam M, Ismail A, Engelbrecht S, Van Zyl G, Preiser W, Williamson C, Pettruccione F, Sigal A, Gazy I, Hardie D, Hsiao M, Martin D, York D, Goedhals D, San EJ, Giovanetti M, Lourenco J, Alcantara LCJ, de Oliveira T, medRxiv (2020), https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.10.28.20221143:.

Next Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics Analysis of Family Genetic Inheritance.
Kanzi AM, San JE , Chimukangara B, Wilkinson E, Ramsuran V, de Oliveira T, Frontiers in Genetics (2020), 11: 1250, https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2020.544162:.

A genomics network established to respond rapidly to public health threats in South Africa.
Msomi N, Mlisana K, Willianson C, Bhiman JN, Goedhals D, Engelbrecht S, Van Zyl G, Preiser W, Hardie D, Hsiao M, Mulder N, Martin D, Christoffels A, York D, Giandhari J, Wilkinson E, Pillay S, Tegally H, James SE, Kanzi A, Lessells RJ, de Oliveira T, Lancet Microbe (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/S2666-5247(20)30116-6:.

Early transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa: An epidemiological and phylogenetic report.
Giandhari J, Pillay S, Wilkinson E, Tegally H, Sinayskiy I, Schuld M, Lourenço J, Chimukangara B, Lessells R, Moosa Y, Gazy I, Fish M, Singh L, Khanyile KS, Fonseca V, Giovanetti M, Alcantara LCJ, Petruccione F, de Oliveira T, IJID (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2020.11.128:.

Sampling bias and incorrect rooting make phylogenetic network tracing of SARS-COV-2 infections unreliable.
Mavian C, Pond SK, Marini S, Magalis BR, Vandamme A-M, Dellicour S, Scarpino SV, Houldcroft C, Villabona-Arenas J, Paisie TK, Trovão NS, Boucher C, Zhang Y, Scheuermann RH, Gascuel O, Lam TTY, Suchard MA, Abecasis A, Wilkinson E, de Oliveira T, Bento AI, Schmidt HA, Martin D, Hadfield J, Faria N, Grubaugh ND, Neher RA, Baele G, Lemey P, Stadler T, Albert J, Crandall KA, Leitner T, Stamatakis A, Prosperi M, Salemi M, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) (2020), doi:10.1073/pnas.2007295117:.

New Genomes from The Congo Basin Expand History of CRF01_AE Origin and Dissemination.
Junqueira DM, Wilkinson E, Vallari AS, Deng XD, Achari A, Yu G, McArthur C, Kaptué L, Mbanya DN, Chiu C, Cloherty G, de Oliveira T, Rodgers MA, AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses (2020), doi: 10.1089/AID.2020.0031:.

Trends in HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Incidence in a Hyperendemic Area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa .
Kharsany ABM, Cawood C, Lewis L, Yende-Zuma N, Khanyile D, Puren A, Madurai S, Baxter C, George G, Govender K, Beckett S, Samsunder N, Toledo C, Ayalew KA, Diallo K, Glenshaw M, Herman-Roloff A, Wilkinson E, de Oliveira T, Abdool Karim SS, Abdool Karim Q, JAMA Network Open (2019), 2(11):e1914378. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.14378:.

High rate of occult hepatitis B virus infection in hemodialysis units of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Msomi N, Ndlovu K, Giandhari J, Wilkinson E, Parboosing R, Zungu S, Mlisana K, J Med Virol. (2019), doi: 10.1002/jmv.25510:.

Factors influencing HIV-1 phylogenetic clustering.
Junqueira DM, Sibisi Z, Wilkinson E, de Oliveira T, Curr Opin HIV AIDS (2019), doi: 10.1097/COH.0000000000000540:.

The effect of interventions on the transmission and spread of HIV in South Africa: a phylodynamic analysis.
Wilkinson E, Junqueira DM, Lessells R, Engelbrecht S, van Zyl G, de Oliveira T, Salemi M, Scientific Reports (2019), 9:2640:https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-37749-3.

Combining Phylogenetic and Network Approaches to Identify HIV-1 Transmission Links in San Mateo County, California.
Dalai SC, Junqueira DM, Wilkinson E, Mehra R, Kosakovsky Pond SL, Levy V, Israelski D, de Oliveira T, Katzenstein D, Front. Microbiol. (2018), https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.02799:.

Renewing Felsenstein's phylogenetic bootstrap in the era of big data.
Lemoine F, Domelevo Entfellner JB, Wilkinson E, Correia D, Davila Felipe M, de Oliveira T, Gascuel O, Nature (2018), :doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0043-0.

High Rates of Transmission of Drug-resistant HIV in Aruba Resulting in Reduced Susceptibility to the WHO Recommended First-line Regimen in Nearly Half of Newly Diagnosed HIV-infected Patients.
Hofstra LM, Rivas ES, Nijhuis M, Bank LEA, Wilkinson E, Kelly K, Mudrikova T, Schuurman R, de Oliveira T, de Kort J, Wensing AMJ, Clinical Infectious Diseases (2017), :doi: 10.1093/cid/cix056.

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.

HTLV-1aA introduction into Brazil and its association with the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Amoussa AE, Wilkinson E, Giovanetti M, de Almeida Rego FF, Araujo TH, de Souza Goncalves M, de Oliveira T, Alcantara LC, Infection, Genetics and Evolution (2016), 48:doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2016.12.005.

Genome-Wide Association Study of HIV Whole Genome Sequences Validated using Drug Resistance.
Power RA, Davaniah S, Derache A, Wilkinson E, Tanser F, Gupta RK, Pillay D, de Oliveira T, PLoS One (2016), 11(9):e0163746.

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.

Origin, imports and exports of HIV-1 subtype C in South Africa: A historical perspective.
Wilkinson E, Rasmussen D, Ratmann O, Stadler T, Engelbrecht S, de Oliveira T, Infection, Genetics and Evolution (2016), S1567-1348(16)30298-2:doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2016.07.008.

Increasing HIV-1 drug resistance between 2010 and 2012 in adults participating in population-based HIV surveillance in rural KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Manasa J, Danaviah S, Lessells RJ, Elshareef M, Tanser F, Wilkinson E, Pillay S, Mthiyane H, Mwambi H, Pillay D, de Oliveira T, AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses (2016), 32(8):763-769.

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.

Sequencing and phylogenetic analysis of near full-length HIV-1 subtypes A, B, G and unique recombinant AC and AD viral strains identified in South Africa.
Wilkinson E, Holzmayer V, Jacobs G, de Oliveira T, Brennan C, Hackett J Jr, Janse van Rensburg E, Engelbrecht S., AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (2015), in press:.

HIV-1 Subtypes B and C Unique Recombinant Forms (URFs) and Transmitted Drug Resistance Identified in the Western Cape Province, South Africa.
Jacobs GB, Wilkinson E, Isaacs S, Spies G, de Oliveira T, Seedat S, Engelbrecht S , PLoS One (2014), 9(3):e90845. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090845.

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KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).

Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira