Dr. Jennifer Giandhari

Post-doctoral researcher fellow. Research interests in HIV-1 genomics and drug resistance.

Contact Details:

Email: jennifer.giandhari@gmail.com

Telephone: +27 (0) 31 260 3744


Jennifer Giandhari joined our group studies as a postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Prof. Tulio de Oliveira. Her postdoctoral research focuses on identifying new drug resistance mutations to protease inhibitors outside of the protease gene by using a genomics and bioinformatics approach. This will assist in the management of patients failing second-line therapy and help guide effective third line options. The project forms part of the Southern African Treatment Resistance Network (SATuRN) and will provide the largest sample dataset of patients failing protease inhibitors in South Africa.

Current Affiliations:

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

Post-Doctoral fellow: College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa.

DST-NRF PDP felllow, Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban, South Africa.


PhD in Virology from the University of Witwatersrand in 2015.

MSc in Virology from the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, in 2012.

Open access pdf Publications

Genetic markers for protease inhibitor drug resistance in regions outside of the protease gene.
Giandhari J, Gordon M, van Vuuren C, Moodley P, de Oliveira T, Virus Evolution (2017), :doi: 10.1093/ve/vew036.018.

Contribution of Gag and Protease to HIV-1 Phenotypic Drug Resistance in Pediatric Patients Failing Protease Inhibitor-Based Therapy.
Giandhari J, Basson AE, Sutherland K, Parry CM, Cane PA, Coovadia A, Kuhn L, Hunt G, Morris L, Antimicrob Agents Chemother. (2016), 60(4):2248-56.

Genetic Changes in HIV-1 Gag-Protease Associated with Protease Inhibitor-Based Therapy Failure in Pediatric Patients.
Giandhari J, Basson AE, Coovadia A, Kuhn L, Abrams AJ, Strehlau R, Morris L, Hunt GM, AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses (2015), 31(8):776-82.

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High-Level Cross-Resistance to ddI Observed in South African Children Failing an ABC- or d4T-Based 1st-Line Regimen

Author: Jennifer Giandhari and Joanna Ledwaba - 2014-07-25

Multi-step inhibition explains HIV-1 protease inhibitor pharmacodynamics and resistance

Author: Jennifer Giandhari - 2013-10-10

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KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP) Established

KRISP News - 2017-07-12

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN have signed an agreement for the establishment of KRISP - the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform.


Newsletter, Oct 2013: News, blogs, manuscripts & Youtube videos!

SATuRN - 2013-10-01

The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of SATuRN. In this third issue of 2013 our newsletter we focus on our digital videos activities. We have also included interesting news, blogs, reports, tweets, publications and training information produced by our network.

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