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Wendy Burgers

Wendy Burgers is a Senior Researcher in the Division of Medical Virology and as associate member of the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town. Her research group focuses on the immunology of HIV pathogenesis, seeking to understand how the interplay between the virus and the immune system early after infection set the course for subsequent progression to AIDS, and how these insights may be applied to an HIV vaccine. She has active collaborations with scientists at UCT, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), Johannesburg, CAPRISA, Durban, and the University of Stellenbosch, as well as at the Vaccine Research Center, NIH, USA. She is currently supervising four postgraduate students and is involved in training workshops for young African immunologists. Her laboratory is funded by the NIH and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

Dr Burgers obtained an undergraduate degree in microbiology and biochemistry and a Masters in virology at the University of Cape Town. This was followed by a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, on the molecular mechanisms of gene regulation. For her postdoctoral work she joined the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI)-funded HIV vaccine group at the University of Cape Town and was involved in the development and preclinical immunogenicity testing of two candidate HIV vaccines, which are currently in Phase I clinical trials in the US and South Africa. In 2007 she was awarded a Columbia University-Southern African Fogarty Fellowship to train at the Vaccine Research Center, NIH, and she is currently the recipient of an EDCTP Senior Fellowship. Recently Dr Burgers was awarded an Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from the Wellcome Trust, UK.

Associated groups:
HIV/TB Immunology and Pathogenesis
IDM link: HIV/TB Immunology and Pathogenesis Group at the IDM, UCT

Contact details:
Post:     Division of Medical Virology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Anzio Road, Observatory 7925, Cape Town, South Africa