Thumbi Ndung'u is a Kenyan-born HIV/AIDS researcher. He heads the HIV Pathogenesis Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a province of South Africa. In 2012 Ndung'u was awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's International Early Career Scientist award. Ndung'u is the first scientist to clone HIV subtype C. Ndung'u holds a Ph.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health. As a graduate student at Harvard, Ndung'u worked with Max Essex at Harvard's AIDS Initiative. Ndung'u is Professor and Victor Daitz Chair in HIV/TB Research at the University of KwaZulu-Nataland is a Max Planck Investigator at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is a university with five campuses in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It was formed on 1 January 2004 after the merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville.
The University of Natal was a university in Natal and later became KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The University of Natal no longer exists as a distinct legal entity, as it was incorporated into the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 1 January 2004. It was founded in 1910 as the Natal University College in Pietermaritzburg and expanded to include a campus in Durban in 1931. In 1947, the university opened a medical school for non-white students in Durban. The Pietermaritzburg campus was known for its agricultural engineering programmes, hence the nickname "the farmers" whilst the Durban campus was known as "the engineers," as it concentrated on other engineering programmes.
Alan Aderem is an American biologist, specializing in immunology and cell biology. Aderem's particular focus is the innate immune system, the part of the immune system that responds generically to pathogens. His laboratory’s research focuses on diseases afflicting citizens of resource poor countries, including AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and influenza.
Alan Walter Whiteside OBE is a South African academic, researcher and professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and professor emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is well known for his innovative work in the field of the social impacts of HIV and AIDS.
Malegapuru William Makgoba is a leading South African immunologist, physician, public health advocate, academic and former vice-chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2013 he was recognised as "a pioneer in higher education transformation", by being awarded the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver, but has also generated extensive controversy during that process.
Agnes Binagwaho is a Rwandan pediatrician and currently the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity. Since 1996, she has provided clinical care in the public sector as well as held a number of project management, health system strengthening, and government positions, including Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda from October 2008 until May 2011 and Minister of Health from May 2011 until July 2016. In September 2016, she was appointed as Professor of Global Health Delivery for the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Kigali, Rwanda and, in April 2017, she was named as UGHE's Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive. She currently resides in Kigali.
K-RITH was a tuberculosis and HIV research institute in Durban, South Africa. The Institute is a collaboration of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. K-RITH's 7-story research facility is situated on the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine Campus at UKZN and opened on 9 October 2012.
William R. Jacobs Jr., is a professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Professor of Genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx, New York, where he is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Jacobs is a specialist in the molecular genetics of Mycobacteria. His research efforts are aimed at discovering genes associated with virulence and pathogenicity in M. tuberculosis and developing attenuated strains for use as vaccines. He is a Founding Scientist at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV.
Anand Reddi is a researcher and global health specialist. He is known for his scholarly work on U.S. Global Health Policy including the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). His basic science research focuses on the molecular mechanisms involved in skin squamous cell cancer tumor initiation and metastasis. In 2005, Reddi was a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa. He served on the board of directors of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation from 2009-11.
Quarraisha Abdool Karim is a South African epidemiologist, known for her many contributions to AIDS research. She is the Associate Scientific Director of the AIDS research center, CAPRISA, a professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the Columbia University, and an honorary professor in Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also the vice-president of the African Academy of Sciences.
Salim Safurdeen Abdool Karim is a South African epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist. At the XVIII International AIDS Conference, 2010 the results of their CAPRISA 004 study led to a standing ovation, an uncommon occurrence at a scientific meeting. He is a father and is married to Quarraisha Abdool Karim whom he has worked with in research. He is a recipient of the TWAS Prize (2008),, the most prestigious scientific award in Africa, the Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Award, as well as the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Olusegun Obasanjo Prize, and other honors. Abdool Karim is a professor at both the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Columbia University in the United States.
Andrew John Ross is a family medicine specialist at UKZN, and is the founder and a trustee of Umthombo Youth Development Foundation (UYDF) which has produced more than 135 graduates in 16 different health science disciplines.
Valerie Mizrahi is a South African molecular biologist.
Hoosen Coovadia is a South African doctor, and Victor Daitz Professor emeritus at University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was awarded the 2013 AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility. He has also received the 1999 Star of South Africa Award from President Nelson Mandela and the 2000 Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights.
Bruce D Walker is an American physician and scientist.
Anna Coutsoudis is a South African public health scientist and academic who has conducted research on HIV and nutrition, specializing in the benefits of breastfeeding. An elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, she is a founder member and chair of iThemba Lethu, an organization for children with HIV, which provides a community-based breast milk bank.
Linda-Gail Bekker MBChB, DTMH, DCH, FCP(SA) is a Professor of Medicine and Chief Operating Officer of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. She is also Director of the Desmund Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town. She is President of the International AIDS Society.
Salome Maswime is a South African clinician and health expert. She is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Professor of Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town. In 2017, she was honored with the Trailblazer and Young Achiever Award.
Alash'le Grace Abimiku is the Executive Director of the International Research Centre of Excellence at the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria and a Professor of Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Ncoza Dlova is a South African Dermatologist. In 2019, she helped discover a new gene that is a major cause of permanent hair loss amongst women of African descent. She is currently the dean and the first African woman to head University of KwaZulu-Natal's School of Clinical Medicine.