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We are based at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and the HIV-1 Mucosal Pathogenesis and Treatment Program, Department of Immunology, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Find below Tulio de Oliveira and Sharon Cassol contact details, research interests and information on members and associates of their research groups.

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Tulio de Oliveira. - My research interests concentrates on HIV evolution under selection pressure created in the transmission, acquisition and drug escape processes. A particular point of interest is on the study of the origins of HIV and the effect of network of transmissions in the spread of HIV in Africa and other continents. In addition, I am currently interested on the national implementation of SATuRN's drug resistance testing and clinical management system and on the usage of next generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatics for the study of the explosive HIV and TB epidemics in southern Africa.

tdeoliveira@africacentre.ac.za, Telephone:+27 35 550 7542, facsimile:+27 550 75 65.

Sharon Cassol. - is the Head of the HIV-1 Mucosal Pathogenesis and Treatment Program, Department of Immunology, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prof. Cassol has over 25 years HIV research experience and is interested in virological and immunological basic science questions related to the role of macrophages in HIV-1 subtype C infection.

sharon.cassol@up.ac.za, Telephone:+27 (0)12 319 2, facsimile:+27 (0)12 323 7.

Justen Manasa. - PhD student under the supervision of Tulio de Oliveira and Prof. David Katzenstein from Stanford Univ. Justen PhD concentrates on the development laboratory assays for HIV-1 genotyping as well as bioinformatics analysis of HIV-1 ARV drug resistance in Southern Africa.

jmanasa@africacentre.ac.za, Telephone:+27 (0) 31 260 4654, facsimile:+27 (0) 31 260 4015.

Dr. Siva Danaviah. - PostDoc at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies laboratory at the DDRMI at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine. Siva is interested in the combination of molecular and bioinformatics research to study HIV/TB co-infection, of particular interest is how TB drives the compartimentalization of HIV-1 strains on spinal TB patients.

sdanaviah@africacentre.ac.za, Telephone:+27 (0) 31 260 4654, facsimile:+27 (0) 31 260 4015.

Sureshnee Pillay. - MSc student at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, under the supervision of Dr. Siva Danaviah and Dr. Ruth Bland. Her MSc concentrates on the study of HIV drug resistance in pediatric patients failing anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

spillay@africacentre.ac.za, Telephone:+27 (0) 31 260 4654, facsimile:+27 (0) 31 260 4015.

Eduan Wilkinson. - PhD student at Stellenbosh University under the supervision of Dr. Susan Engelbretch and Dr. Tulio de Oliveira. Eduan PhD concentrates on the study of the history and evolution of HIV-1 subtype C in Cape Town and in southern Africa. Eduan is very interested to investigate the effect of the fall of the Apartheid and other social-political movements on the HIV epidemic in southern Africa.

eddie@sun.ac.za, Telephone:+27 (0) 21 938, facsimile:+27 (0) 21 938.

Glen Malhernbe. - PhD student at University of Pretoria under the supervision of Prof. Sharon Cassol and Dr. Tulio de Oliveira. Glen PhD concentrates on the effect of APOBEC 3G/3F on HIV evolution, especially on the development of HIV drug resistance mutations.

glen.malherbe @tuks.co.za, Telephone:+27 (0)12 319 2, facsimile:+27 (0)12 323 7.

Phetole Walter Mahasha. - PhD student at University of Pretoria under the supervision of Prof. Sharon Cassol and Dr. Tulio de Oliveira. Phetole PhD?s title is: Compartmentalization, adaptive evolution and therapeutic response of HIV-1 in the gastrointestinal tract of Black African patients infected with subtype C.

phetole.mahasha@up.ac.za, Telephone:+27 (0)12 319 2, facsimile:+27 (0)12 323 7.

Lavanya Singh. - MSc student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal under the supervision of Dr. Raveen Parboosing and Dr. Tulio de Oliveira. Her PhD focus on the Molecular epidemiology study of Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 2 infection in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa

singhl@ukzn.ac.za, Telephone:+27 (0)31 240 2, facsimile:+27 (0)31 240 2.

Pascal Brandt. - MSc student at the Computer Science department the University of KwaZulu-Natal under the supervision of Prof. Deshendran Moodley and Dr. Tulio de Oliveira. The aim of Pascal?s project is to develop the specifications and prototype for a decision support system for public health programs in low resource settings, in particular HIV antiretroviral treatment failure and referral of patients for advanced diagnostics and treatment adjustment.

pascal@jembi.org, Telephone:+27 (0) 21 701, facsimile: +27 (0) 21 701.

Ben Murrell. - MSc student at the Computer Science department at the University of Stellenbosh under the supervision of Dr. Konrad Scheffler and Dr. Tulio de Oliveira. His MSc concentrates on the development of episodic positive selection models for HIV drug resistance analysis.

murrellb@gmail.com, Telephone:+27 (0)21 938 0, facsimile:+27 (0)21 938 0.

Lungani Ndwandwe. - Post graduate Political Science student. My research interests are on how health research policy, is shaped, enabled, and constrained by government policy and visa versa. SATuRN Research Assistant at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Somkhele - South Africa.

lunndwandwe@africacentre.ac.za, Telephone:+27 35 550 7500, facsimile:.

Dr. Richard Lessells. - I am a Clinical Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and am currently based at the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. I am funded by a fellowship from the Wellcome Trust and my research is focused on evaluation of TB and HIV diagnostics, with a particular interest in drug resistance. I am an Infectious Diseases physician and so I also work at Hlabisa Hospital and at KwaMsane primary health care clinic. I am particularly interested in working together colleagues at SATuRN to build clinical capacity within the health system to manage drug resistance. My webpage at LSHTM is at http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/lessells.richard

rlessells@africacentre.ac.za, Telephone:+27 35 550 7657, facsimile:+27 35 550 7565.

Filipe Rego. - PhD student in Biotechnology from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in Brazil under supervision of Dr. Luiz Alcantara and Dr. Tulio de Oliveira. His research interest are in HIV-1/HTLV-1 coinfection and the development of a genotyping test for HIV-1 drug resistance using the Ion Torrent sequencing technology.

filipe@aluno.bahia.fiocruz.br, Telephone:+27 (0) 31 260 4654, facsimile:+27 (0) 31 260 4015.