Wendy Burgers

Wendy Burgers is an Associate Professor and Full Member in the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) at the University of Cape Town. She has a PhD from Cambridge University, UK. She is currently Senior Fellow of the European and Developing Countries Clinical rials Partnership (EDCTP). She leads a research group of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Her research has in the recent past focused on understanding immunity in HIV-TB co-infection. The COVID-19 pandemic has pivoted the group to studying immune responses after SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination, through funding from the SA-MRC, Wellcome Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Africa, European Commission (Horizon Europe) and PRF. She leads the T cell subgroup of the national Variant Consortium, a group of South African scientists, clinicians and epidemiologists who convene weekly to advance research on the pandemic locally. An important part of Wendy’s work is inspiring, training and mentoring the next generation of young African scientists, particularly women, to address infectious disease challenges on the continent. She is also passionate about teaching infectious diseases and is currently leading the introduction of new undergraduate courses in infectious disease and immunology at UCT.