Research-for-Cure Academy

Allen Matubu

Nationality: Zimbabwean
Institution: UZCHS-CTRC Clinical Trials Unit
Country of work: Zimbabwe

What is your motivation for engaging in HIV cure and remission research?

The workshop presents an outstanding opportunity for me to integrate HIV prevention and cure research and pursue my research interests to understand immune characteristics of non-progressors/elite controllers in the context of advancing the HIV Cure agenda. I look forward to interacting with peers and explore possibilities for international collaborations as well as meet regional mentors who are critical in helping me shape my professional trajectory in HIV research. I have immense interest and drive to undertake basic science research whose outcomes when fused with clinical and behavioural research provides comprehensive research evidence to drive policy.

What is your current area of research?

I am a Clinical Scientist, with over 16 years of overseeing development and implementation of highly technical laboratory technologies in support of several international, multi-site clinical protocols. I am a holder of a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology and PhD candidate studying mechanisms conferring immune tolerance in women using progestin-only injectable contraceptives in high HIV incidence settings. My areas of research interest include understanding HIV early interventions with potential to elicit functional cure and research aimed at understanding establishment of HIV reservoirs and immune correlates of non-progressors/elite controllers and how that can be used to advance HIV cure agenda.