Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim


Prof. Quarraisha Abdool Karim is one of the world’s leading HIV and AIDS researchers making pioneering contributions to understanding the evolving global and South Africa HIV epidemic, while also fighting for the rights of those affected by HIV and AIDS. Professor Abdool Karim holds a professorship in Clinical Epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA, and is also an honorary professor in Public Health at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also a visiting scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and visiting lecturer at Harvard University. Since 1998 Professor Abdool Karim has trained over 600 scientists in the region. She was the principal investigator of the landmark CAPRISA 004 Tenofovir Gel trial, which provided proof of concept for Microbicides, highlighted by Science as one of the Top 10 scientific breakthroughs in 2010. Her 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award was a recognition of her contributions to HIV prevention and treatment. She was also named one of five “exceptional laureates” for her remarkable activities and contributions related to HIV in South Africa and the African continent. Professor Abdool Karim is a NRF A-rated researcher and UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV.