15 minutes: BioAfrica (and our work) at a glance

Here we provide you with a summary of the key aspects of our bioinformatics and drug resistance work in the form of news articles, blogs, tweets and publications.

In this new section of the bioafrica.net website, the idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life.



Seminar: Differential HLA-A Expression Levels and the Effect on HIV

UKZN & MRC Flagship - 2017-01-27

We cordially invites you to a seminar presented by Dr Veron Ramsuran, Senior Lecturer: College of Health Sciences, UKZN, 27 January 2017, K-RITH building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa


Newsletter, Dec 2016: Ethics & phylogenetics, HIV transmission cycle, UNAIDS Report, Drug resistance increases in Africa

BioAfrica & SATuRN - 2016-12-15

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our research work. In this December 2016 issue of our newsletter, we have included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our group.


Ethics and Viral Genomics: An Exploration of Ethical Issues Associated with HIV Phylogenetics

Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN - 2016-12-09

This is a half-day interactive workshop, which seeks to explore and deliberate on key ethical issues associated with HIV phylogenetic analysis as applied in our understanding of HIV transmission dynamics, particularly in African settings. Keynote presentations will be followed by plenary discussions led by the speakers.


Time to get serious with HIV-1 resistance in sub-Saharan Africa

The Lancet Infectious Diseases - 2016-12-02

In The Lancet Infectious Diseases, John Gregson and colleagues report the results of a meta-analysis investigating HIV-1 drug resistance in 20 studies from sub-Saharan Africa.


Unrelenting spread of HIV amongst Adolescent girls and young women in rural and urban KwaZulu-Natal

Mercury - 2016-12-01

By Professor Ayesha Kharsany, December 1, 2016, Durban - Globally, over 1.6 billion people are in the age group 12-24 years, the largest generation of adolescents and young people. However, almost 42% of new HIV infections occur in this age group, nearly 80% of these live in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 70% of these infections occur in adolescent girls and young women. Not only do these adolescent girls and young women have higher rates of HIV, they also acquire infection 5-7 years earlier than their male peers.


Two manuscripts featured in the Lancet website front webpage on AIDS day.

The Lancet - 2016-12-01

Two of our recently published manuscripts (de Oliveira et al. Lancet HIV 2016 & Gregson et al Lancet Infectious Diseases 2016) are highlighed in the Lancet website front webpage...

Blogs YouTube Videos


Megan Druce: from Cum Laude MSc to a Scholarship for a PhD in Germany...

Author: Megan Druce - 2016-04-18




Sthembiso Msweli: from Hlabisa to MSc and Further Promoted to Laboratory Manager...

Author: Sthembiso Msweli - 2016-04-17




Experience of 3 UKZN/Africa Centre students at the 7-week national bioinformatics workshop 2015

Author: Megan Druce, Zandile Sibisi & Sthembiso Msweli - 2015-04-23




Tale of 4 Cities in outlining researcher's strive towards a cure for HIV

Author: Siva Danaviah - 2014-10-14




Massive Open Online Courses: Huge potential for bioinformatics education

Author: Rachael Dellar - 2014-10-13




First impressions of a South African student working in Geneva as part of Swiss South Africa Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP)

Author: Megan Druce - 2014-10-07




HIV, TB and Malaria Molecular Diagnostics Workshop, Harare, Zimbabwe 2014

Author: Justen Manasa - 2014-10-06




Genetic study indicates two novel resistance loci for severe malaria in Africa

Author: Zakia Jeewa and Tulio de Oliveira - 2014-08-01




Video: Transmission networks and risk of HIV infection in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a community-wide phylogenetic study - Keynote presentation at AIDS 2016.
From Anthony Fauci, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, David Khanyile, Tulio de Oliveira, Salim Abdool Karim, date: 2016-06-20, duration: 00:03:41

Video: Completion of a world-class genomics lab at Africa Centre/UKZN, Durban, South Africa - Part III
From Prevashinee Padayachee and Tulio de Oliveira, date: 2014-08-06, duration: 00:02:43

Video: WTAC & UKZN Genomics Laboratory Construction - Video Diary Part II
From Prevashinee Padayachee and Tulio de Oliveira, date: 2014-04-05, duration: 00:01:52

Video: WTAC & UKZN Genomics Laboratory Construction - Video Diary Part I
From Prevashinee Padayachee and Tulio de Oliveira, date: 2014-03-13, duration: 00:03:45

Video: HIV-1 Drug Resistance in Children in rural South Africa
From Siva Danaviah, date: 2014-03-01, duration: 00:02:12

Video: Justen Manasa PhD thesis summary
From Justen Manasa, date: 2013-11-29, duration: 00:08:10

Video: SATuRN RegaDB Data Curation Process
From Justen Manasa, date: 2013-11-28, duration: 00:02:30
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