Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University Immunology Research Group (SUN-IRG) has extensive experience in biomarker research. The faculty is linked to Tygerberg Academic Hospital, a 1,400 bed hospital, which provides secondary and tertiary health care to two million people from the Western Cape in South Africa and serves as teaching platform and research base for the University of Stellenbosch. Our research focuses on the immunology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) infection and in particular host biomarkers.

Gerhard Walzl is a clinician-scientist with a sub-specialization in pulmonology and a PhD in immunology. He is the principal investigator of the SUN-IRG and member of the steering committee of GC6-74 and a work package leader for the TB/HIV co-infection arm of this study. He has extensive field site and program coordination experience in addition to experience in microbiological and immunological research. Prof Walzl has authored several papers on biomarker, immunological and diagnostic aspects of TB.

Principal Investigator

Photo of Prof. Gerhard Walzl Prof. Gerhard Walzl
Francie van Zijl Street, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 938 9158
Fax: +27 21 938 9863

Additional Team Members

Dr Katharina Ronacher-Mansvelt
Tel: +27 21 9389069
Fax: +27 21 938 9863
Role in the project:  Project Scientist
Dr Stephanus Malherbe
Tel: +27 21 938 9399
Fax: +27 21 938 9863
Role in the project:  Study Clinician

Institution legal name
Stellenbosch University

Institution short name

Private Bag X1 Matieland
Stellenbosch 7602
South Africa