• Affiliate Professor, Global Health
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Prof. Tulio de Oliveira 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 has been awarded two prestigious fellowships, a European Commission Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, U.K. from 2004-2006 and a U.K. Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and University of Edinburgh from 2015-2019. He was the Director of the Genomics Program at the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies and an Affiliate Senior Lecturer at the Division of Infection and Immunity at the University College London (UCL) from 2009 to 2016. In 2015, he was promoted to Professor at UKZN and in 2017, founded KRISP at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, South Africa. KRISP aims to create a scientific environment in Africa that delivers high level science, creates innovations and reverses the brain drain. KRISP researchers have published 13 manuscripts in Science, Nature and Lancet journals in the first two years of operation! He have also trained > 2000 individuals in scientific skills in Africa.

  • BSc (University of Natal)
  • PhD (University of Natal)
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • COVID-19
  • Epidemiology
  • Genomics
  • Infectious Diseases
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Tegally H, Wilkinson E, Lessells R, Giandhari J, Pillay S, Msomi N, Mlisana K, Bhiman J, Allam M, Ismail A, Engelbrecht S, Van Zyl G, Preiser W, Williamson C, Pettruccione F, Sigal A, Gazy I, Hardie D, Hsiao M, Martin D, York D, Goedhals D, San EJ, Giovanetti M, Lourenco J, Alcantara LCJ, de Oliveira T. Major new lineages of SARS-CoV-2 emerge and spread in South Africa during lockdown. Nature Medicine, in press (2020), https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.10.28.20221143

Msomi N, Mlisana K, Willianson C, Bhiman JN, Goedhals D, Engelbrecht S, Van Zyl G, Preiser W, Hardie D, Hsiao M, Mulder N, Martin D, Christoffels A, York D, Giandhari J, Wilkinson E, Pillay S, Tegally H, James SE, Kanzi A, Lessells RJ, de Oliveira T. A genomics network established to respond rapidly to public health threats in South Africa. Lancet Microbe (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/S2666-5247(20)30116-6

Cleemput S, Dumon W, Fonseca V, Abdool Karim W, Giovanetti M, Alcantara LCJ, Deforche K, de Oliveira T.
Genome Detective Coronavirus Typing Tool for rapid identification and characterization of novel coronavirus genomes. Bioinformatics (2020), btaa145, https://doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btaa145