Quarraisha Abdool Karim

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD, an NRF A-rated scientist and infectious diseases epidemiologist is Associate Scientific Director of CAPRISA. Professor Abdool Karim is the recipient of more than 30 local and international prestigious awards. Her research for the past 28 years has focused on understanding the evolving HIV epidemic in South Africa; factors influencing acquisition of HIV infection in adolescent girls; development of interventions to prevent HIV infection in young women, sustainable strategies to introduce anti-retroviral treatment and new technologies and interventions for biggest impact on hyper-endemic epidemic settings. Notably she was the Principal Investigator of the landmark CAPRISA 004 tenofovir gel trial which provided proof of concept that ARVs used by uninfected individuals can prevent HIV infection. This was highlighted by Science as one of the Top 10 scientific breakthroughs in 2010. She has over 200 peer reviewed publications and is the editor on several books. She is Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA and is Pro-Vice Chancellor for African Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and a member of several local and international boards.