Prof Penny Moore

Prof Penny Moore is a Reader and DST/NRF South African Research Chair of Virus-Host Dynamics at the University of the Witwatersrand and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases. She holds a joint appointment as Honorary Senior Scientist in Virus-Host Dynamics at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), University of KwaZulu-Natal. She obtained her MSc in Microbiology at the University of the Witwatersrand, studying gastroenteritis-associated adenoviruses. This was followed by a PhD in Virology (Medicine) at the University of London (studying the Hepatitis B virus) in 2003 before returning to South Africa to join NICD/WITS. Moore co-directs a team of more than 15 scientists and 10 graduate students, with the team’s research focused predominantly on HIV neutralizing antibodies and their interplay with the evolving virus. She has extensive experience with amplification and sequencing of env, and the isolation and characterization of monoclonal antibodies to HIV antigens. Her research is currently funded by the NIH, the SA Medical Research Council SHIP program, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and the SA National Research Foundation.