Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in the University of KwaZulu-Natal
Dr Sinaye Ngcapu (PhD) is an infectious diseases scientist based at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in the University of KwaZulu-Natal, leading genital microbiome research to investigate differences in the vaginal microbiome within young South African women and to characterize the connection between vaginal microbiota, genital inflammation, risk of sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) and adverse pregnancy outcomes. He has published peer-reviewed publications as first and co-author in high impact international journals, including articles in Nature Medicine, Microbiome, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Mucosal Immunology and Journal of Reproductive Immunology, etc. He is the recipient of grants as Principal Investigator from national and international funders, including grants from the National Institutes for Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, South African Department of Science and Innovation, National Research Foundation, and Poliomyelitis Research Foundation. Dr Ngcapu is contributing to new knowledge and to the development of the next generation scientists while establishing his academic career and has successfully supervised Honors, masters and PhD students, who graduated with distinctions in the Mucosal Immunology Laboratory at CAPRISA and University of KwaZulu-Natal. Furthermore, he contributes to training through the mucosal immunology and virology lectures that he provides for Honors students in the department of medical microbiology in the University of KwaZulu-Natal.