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HIV/AIDS

22 March 2011

Stellenbosch computer scientist wins HIV award

A Stellenbosch University computer scientist is one of three researchers who have been honoured with the TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Computer Scientists working in Africa.

Prof Konrad Scheffler, a Stellenbosch University (SU) computer scientist who uses his expertise in bioinformatics to analyse the evolution of HIV, is one of three researchers who have been honoured with the annual TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Computer Scientists working in Africa.

He applies computational techniques and probabilistic modelling to gain insight into the selective forces that drive the evolution of HIV as it adapts to changes in its environment, for instance in reaction to drugs aimed at suppressing the virus, or to the different immune systems of its hosts.

 

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