Associate Professor, Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology; Full Member, IDM, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT; Contributing Investigator, CIDRI-Africa. Current EDCTP Senior Fellow. Former Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Wendy Burgers' research group focuses on HIV-TB co-infection. They are studying how HIV affects the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis in HIV-TB co-infected individuals, with a focus on adaptive immunity and in particular, the role of CD4+ Th22 cells in TB immunity. They also study the immunology of HIV pathogenesis, including how immune hyperactivation affects the latent HIV reservoir, and CD4+ Tfh cells in the development of broadly neutralising antibodies.
The work in the laboratory is funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Platform (EDCTP), NIH, SA Medical Research Council, National Research Foundation, PRF and NHLS Trust.
Tanko RF, Soares AP, Masson L, Werner L, Garrett NJ, Samsunder N, Abdool Karim Q, Abdool Karim SS, Riou C, Burgers WA. (2018). Incomplete normalization of T cell activation and memory subsets following antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected women. Clinical Immunology, 195:127-138.
Bunjun R, Riou C, Soares AP, Thawer N, Müller TL, Kiravu A, Ginbot Z, Oni T, Goliath R, Kalsdorf B, Von Groote-Bidlingmaier F, Hanekom W, Walzl G, Wilkinson RJ, Burgers WA. (2017) Effect of HIV on the frequency and number of Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific CD4+ T cells in blood and the airways in latent tuberculosis infection. Journal of Infectious Disease 216:1550-1560.
Tanko RF, Soares AP, Müller TL , Garrett NJ, Samsunder N, Abdool Karim Q, Abdool Karim SS, Riou C, Burgers WA. (2017) Effect of antiretroviral therapy on the memory and activation profiles of B cells in HIV-infected African women. Journal of Immunology,198:1220-1228.
Riou C, Strickland N, Soares AP, Corleis B, Kwon DS, Wherry EJ, Wilkinson RJ, and Burgers WA. (2016) HIV skews Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific CD4+ T helper subset diversity. Journal of Immunology, 196:3006-18.
Riou C, Tanko RF, Soares AP, Masson L, Werner L, Garrett NJ, Samsunder N, Abdool Karim Q, Abdool Karim SS and Burgers WA. (2015) Restoration of CD4+ responses to co-pathogens in HIV-infected individuals on antiretroviral therapy is dependent on T cell memory phenotype. Journal of Immunology, 195:2273-81.
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Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology
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