Prof. Tulio de Oliveira is the director of KRISP. He has received his BSc at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil and MSc/PhD at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, South Africa. He was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, U.K. from 2004 to 2006 and a Newton Advanced Fellow at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) and at the University of Edinburgh from 2015-2019. In 2015, he became a Professor at UKZN and in 2018 an Associate Professor on Global Health at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Prof. de Oliveira has worked for over 20 years with viral outbreaks, including HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Chikungunya, Dengue, SARS-CoV-2, Zika and Yellow Fever Virus. Prof. de Oliveira has more than 150 publications, with many of them in, the top scientific journals, Nature, Science and Lancet.
KRISP boasts state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and scientific expertise and capacity not commonly found in Africa. This places their multidisciplinary team in the ideal position of being able to play a critical role in supporting the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their scientific activities are receiving extensive media coverage in the national and international media.