Benjamin Chimukangara

PhD student. Research interests on genomics, bioinformatics and drug resistance. PhD in collaboration with CAPRISA, NHLS and Stanford University.

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Telephone: +27 (0) 31 260 3744


PhD student in Virology at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. My research interests are in understanding levels of primary HIV-1 drug resistant minority variants and their impact on antiretroviral treatment (ART). I would specifically want to determine how drug resistant minority variants detected using next generation sequencing platforms can be used to inform use of antiretroviral drugs in clinical practice, when initiating patients on ART. I am also interested in the use of bioinformatics for large scale data analysis in the field of molecular biology.


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

Department of Virology, National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), Durban, South Africa (PhD student).

Centre for AIDS Programme of Research (CAPRISA), South Africa (Research fellow).

Letten Foundation, Oslo University, Norway (Research fellow).

Videos Videos Descriptions

YouTube Video

Krisp - a next generation DNA sequencing research centre opens in Durban, South Africa - eTV news

Author: Tulio de Oliveira, Veron Ramsuran, Nicolette Crozier, Zandile Sibisi, Marcel Tongo, Benjamin Chimukangara, Thabiso Dlamini - Date: 2017-07-24

Krisp at South African eTV channel evenning news

Open access pdf Publications

Primary HIV-1 Drug Resistant Minority Variants.
Chimukangara B, Samuel R, Naidoo K, de Oliveira T, AIDS Reviews (2017), 19(2):[Epub ahead of print].

HIV drug resistance testing among patients failing second line antiretroviral therapy-Comparison of in-house and commercial sequencing.
Chimukangara B, Varyani B, Shamu T, Mutsvangwa J, Manasa J, White E, Chimbetete C, Luethy R, Katzenstein D, J Virol Methods (2016), pii: S0166-0934(16)30289-0: doi: 10.1016/j.jviromet.2016.11.010.

Clinical, Virologic, Immunologic Outcomes and Emerging HIV Drug Resistance Patterns in Children and Adolescents in Public ART Care in Zimbabwe.
Makadzange AT, Higgins-Biddle M, Chimukangara B, Birri R, Gordon M, Mahlanza T, McHugh G, van Dijk JH, Bwakura-Dangarembizi M, Ndung'u T, Masimirembwa C, Phelps B, Amzel A, Ojikutu BO, Walker BD, Ndhlovu CE, PLoS One (2015), 10(12):DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144057 .

Drug resistance mutations from whole blood proviral DNA among patients on antiretroviral drugs in Zimbabwe.
Chimukangara B, Gwanzura G, Mitchell R, Katzenstein D, Masimirembwa C , Curr HIV Res (2014), 12(5):309-16.

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bioafrica - Blogs from Bioafrica and SATuRN websites

Meeting of the Swiss, Swedes and South Africans minds

Author: Nicolette Crozier, Benjamin Chimukangara, Veron Ramsuran - 2017-07-25

News News Description and Link

bioafrica - News Section from Bioafrica and SATuRN websites


Durban at the forefront of DNA research - KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform - KRISP

KRISP News - 2017-07-15

By Arthi Gopi, Independent on Saturday Newspaper - KRISP atrracts the brightest - Durban is leading the way in DNA research, having attracted some of the brightest minds in the science field, in a new state-of-the-art lab in the city.

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