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Dr Zizipho Mbulawa, PhD (University of Cape Town)

Division of Medical Virology

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Zizipho Mbulawa

Medical Scientist, Centre for HIV and STIs, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology, UCT, South African Medical Research Council Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre, UCT and Associate Member of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT

Dr Zizipho Mbulawa is a medical scientist at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases a division of National Health Laboratory Service, hosted by University of Cape Town (UCT) (Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology), South Africa. She is a member of South African Medical Research Council Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre and Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town. She is registered by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a medical scientist under the virology discipline. Dr Zizipho Mbulawa is rated by National Research Foundation in Y2 category. 

Zizipho Mbulawa has expertise in the molecular epidemiology of Human papillomavirus (HPV) and immune response to HPV. Her research has focused on the impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) co-infection on HPV infection, transmission and natural history on women, adolescents and heterosexual couples which included HIV-positive concordant, HIV discordant and HIV-negative couples and has yielded novel and significant information on HPV natural history; significantly increasing understanding of the impact of HIV infection on HPV and disease caused by HPV. She also focused on HPV surveillance among unvaccinated women from the general community and women with cervical abnormalities as this is important to both inform vaccination campaigns as well as to monitor the impact on HPV types after vaccination.

Key areas of expertise:

Human papillomavirus, Human immunodeficiency virus, HPV awareness 


Selected publications:

Zizipho Z. A. Mbulawa, Cari van Schalkwyk, Nai-Chung Hu, Tracy L. Meiring, Shaun Barnabas, Smritee Dabee, Heather Jaspan, Jean-Mari Kriek, Shameem Z. Jaumdally, Etienne Muller, Linda-Gail Bekker, David A. Lewis, Janan Dietrich, Glenda Gray, Jo-Ann S. Passmore and Anna-Lise Williamson. High human papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence in South African adolescents and young women encourages expanded HPV vaccination campaigns. 2018.  PloS one 13(1):e0190166 

Zizipho Z.A Mbulawa, Timothy Wilkin, Bridgette T Goeieman, Eefti Jong, Pamela Michelow, Avril Swarts, Jennifer S. Smith, Patricia Kegorilwe, Cynthia Firnhaber and Anna-Lise Williamson. Prevalence of anal human papillomavirus (HPV) performance of Cepheid Xpert and hybrid Capture 2 (hc2) HPV assays in South African HIV-infected women. 2017. American Journal of Clinical Pathology 148 (2): 148-153 

Tracy L Meiring, Zizipho Z.A Mbulawa, Maia Lesosky, David Coetzee and Anna-Lise Williamson. 2017. High diversity of alpha, beta and gamma human papillomaviruses in genital samples from HIV-negative and HIV-positive heterosexual South African men. Papillomavirus Research 3:160-167 

Zizipho Z.A Mbulawa, Timothy J. Wilkin, Bridgette Goeieman, Avril Swarts, Sophie Williams, Simon Levin, Mark Faesen, Jennifer S. Smith, Carla J. Chibwesha, Anna-Lise Williamson, Cynthia Firnhaber. Xpert human papillomavirus test is a promising cervical cancer screening test for HIV-seropositive women. Journal of Papillomavirus Research 2, 56-60, 2016 

Adam Ameur, Tracy L Meiring, Ignas Bunikis, Susana Haggqvist, Cecilia Lindau, Julia Hedlund Lindberg, Inger Gustavsson, Zizipho Z.A Mbulawa, Anna-Lise Williamson and Ulf Gyllensten. Comprehensive profiling of the vaginal microbiome in HIV positive women using massive parallel semiconductor sequencing. Scientific Reports 4: 4398. 2014 

Zizipho Z. A Mbulawa, Leigh F Johnson, Dianne J. Marais, David Coetzee, Anna-Lise Williamson. Risk factors for oral human papillomavirus in heterosexual couples in an African setting. Journal of Infection 68(2): 185-189. 2014 

Zizipho Z. A Mbulawa, Dianne J Marais, Leigh F Johnson, David Coetzee, Anna-Lise Williamson. The impact of human immunodeficiency virus on human papillomavirus transmission in heterosexually active couples. Journal of Infection 67:51-58. 2013 

Zizipho Z. A Mbulawa, Leigh F Johnson, Dianne J. Marais, David Coetzee, Anna-Lise Williamson. The impact of human immunodeficiency virus on the natural history of human papillomavirus genital infection in South African men and women. Journal of Infectious Disease 206 (1): 15-27, 2012 

Zizipho Z. A. Mbulawa, David Coetzee, Dianne J. Marais, Mercy Kamupira, Eugene Zwane,   Bruce Allan, Deborah Constant, Jennifer R. Moodley, Margaret Hoffman,  Anna-Lise Williamson. Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence and HPV concordance between heterosexual couples is positively associated with human immunodeficiency virus co-infection. Journal of Infectious Disease 199: 1514-1524, 2009 

 


Contact details:

Room S3.06 Wernher & Beit South
Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
Observatory 7925
South Africa

Tel: 021 406 6352
Email: Zizipho.Mbulawa@uct.ac.za

Alternative site: https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?user=dldeHP8AAAAJ&hl=en

 


Group members:

Ongeziwe Taku (PhD student)

Luviwe Lutotswana (Research Assistant)

 


Collaborations:

Prof Anna-Lise Williamson (Division of Medical Virology, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Associate Prof Jo-Ann Passmore (Division of Medical Virology, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Associate Prof David Coetzee, (Centre of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research, University of Cape Town)

Prof Ulf Gyllensten (Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Uppsala University, Sweden)

Prof Timothy Wilkin (Division of Infectious Disease, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York)

Prof Cynthia Firnhaber (Clinical HIV Research Unit, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Dr Admire Chikandiwa (Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Prof Sinead Delany-Moretlwe (Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)

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