Prof. Jeffrey Mphahlele

Professor Jeffrey Mphahlele, (PhD, MSc, BSc Med Hons, BSc, MASSAf) is the Vice President for Research at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) since October 2014, the largest African science council dedicated to funding and conducting health research.

Jeffrey is an elected member of Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and National Research Foundation C1 rated researcher. He is affiliated to Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (formerly MEDUNSA) in Pretoria where he previously served as an academic for over 20 years in various capacities: Professor and Academic Chair of the Department of Virology and National Health Laboratory Service (2005 to Sep 2014); Co-Director of the SAMRC/Diarrhoeal Pathogens Research Unit, which is a WHO Rotavirus Regional Reference Laboratory for Africa (2010 to March 2018) and Head of the South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre (SAVIC) (2005 to 2014).

Jeffrey’s research interests included epidemiology of HIV, genomics of infectious diseases, vaccination control of infectious diseases (hepatitis B, rotavirus and human papillomaviruses) and strengthening immunisation services and policies. He trained, supervised and mentored several PhD and Master students as contribution in developing the next generation of scientists. He serves on number of governance structures and committees including the General Assembly of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R), South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), WHO Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) Polio Working Group, National Advisory Group on Immunisation (NAGI) and South African National Task Force (NTF) for Laboratory Containment of Poliovirus.