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Clive Gray is Professor of Immunology in the Division of Immunology, Biomedical Research Institute at Stellenbosch University. He is also Emeritus Professor at UCT. He is an outstanding researcher in the field of HIV immunology and heads the Reproductive Immunology Research Consortium in Africa at Stellenbosch University. He is the Chair of the Education Committee of the International Union of Immunology Societies and the Director of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Society Centre of Excellence at Stellenbosch University. He is also the incoming President of the Federation of African Immunology Societies from December 2024 and Director of the Immunopaedia Foundation.


Gray obtained his PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand and continued with his research career at Stanford University as a post-doctoral fellow after receiving the James Gear Fellowship in 1995. In 1998 he returned to South Africa and took up a position at the National Institute for Virology (now National Institute for Communicable Diseases, NICD) and started an HIV immunology research group. During his 13 years at the NICD, he built up a research hub investigating early, and acute HIV infection and the first cellular immune responses elicited by the host to the virus. In 2011 he took up the Chair of Immunology at the University of Cape Town and began to focus on immune ontogeny in children, especially those born to mothers living with HIV, but not themselves infected. In 2014, he was elected to the Academy of Sciences in South Africa. He has published over 140 papers on various aspects of human immunology and latterly with a focus on HIV and reproductive immunology. His current research focuses on inflammatory mechanisms that precipitate premature birth and adverse birth outcomes by investigating immune and molecular pathways in placentae collected from mothers living with HIV. Clive is the recipient of numerous grant awards that allows him to study how maternal HIV infection impacts on placental immune development. He also leads a newly NIH funded consortium: NexT generatIon traininG in HIV Research: Immunity in the First 1000 days in mother-infant dyadS (TIGRIS), consisting of investigators and educators in Africa, North America and Europe around training in reproductive immunology and HIV.


2023 Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship goes to Stellenbosch University immunologist Professor Clive Gray

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