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Dean of the Faculty - Professor Shabir Madhi

Professor Shabir Madhi is the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He also holds the position of Director of the South African Medical Research Council Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA) and is co-Director of the African Leadership Initiative for Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE).

Prof Madhi completed his MBBCH degree at Wits in 1990, specialised in Paediatric and graduated in 1996, and subsequently completed his PhD at Wits in 2003. He had specialised in Intensive Care and current holds a sub-speciality in Infectious Diseases. He has previously served as the Executive Director of the National Institute for Communicable Disease between 2011 and 2017.

Prof Madhi is rated by the National Research Foundation as an A-rated scientist of internationally recognition for his research on vaccines against life threatening disease in childhood, in pregnant women and against respiratory diseases; and studies on vaccines in people living with HIV. He led the first two COVID-19 vaccine studies undertaken in Africa, and has been involved in multiple epidemiological studies on Covid-19 in South Africa.

He is the recipient of a number of awards including Lifetime Achievement Award from the South African Medical Research Council Platinum Medal and National Science and Technology Forum; and the Academy of  Sciences South Africa Science-for-Society Gold Medal. Also, he serves on multiple international advisory Committees, including at World Health Organisation.


Professor Shabir A. Madhi                                                                                                                 

Professor of Vaccinology


Director: MRC Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA)                                           

Co-director African Leadership in Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE)                                                                 



Ms Prenisha Naidoo

Tel: 011 717 2099


Deputy Dean - Strategic and Academic Affairs

Associate Professor Lindelani Mnguni is a Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, and a Research Fellow at the University of South Africa. Lindelani is a C2 NRF rated researcher in biology education with special interest in curriculum and instructional design and development.

Lindelani is a recipient of the Principal’s Award for Excellence in Research (UNISA, 2019), the Dean’s Award: Excellence in Young Doctoral Scholarship (University of Pretoria, 2012) and the Award for the Most Methodological Innovative Research Presentation at Research Indaba, (University of Pretoria, 2010).


He obtained his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Design and Development from the University of Pretoria, a Master of Science in Biochemistry (Cum Laude), BSc Honours in Genetics, and BSc Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

Lindelani has 15 years’ experience in higher education, having worked as a lecturer (University of Pretoria), senior lecturer (Universities of Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand) and associate professor (UNISA and the Universities of the Witwatersrand) in Life Sciences Education where he has taught undergraduate students and supervised masters and doctoral students.

His research interests include visual literacy in teaching and learning, curriculum theory and health education. He has published several research papers and presented his research work at local and international conferences, including at the University of Bologna (Italy), University of Zaragoza (Spain), Göttingen University (Germany), University of Minho (Portugal), University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), Umeä University, Norrköping University and Linköping University (in Sweden).

Professor Lindelani Mnguni

Deputy Dean - Strategic and Academic Affairs

Tel: 011 717 2764


Mr Gobotsamang Norman Motlhabani

Senior Administrative Officer

Tel: 011 717 2488


Assistant Dean - Research and Postgraduate Support

Professor Maria Papathanasopoulos

Research and Postgraduate Support

Tel: 011 717 2530



Xolani Tembu

Research Office Administrative Secretary
Ph: +27 11 717 2530

Assistant Dean - Academic Planning and Strategic Projects

Dr Carol Hartmann

Academic Planning and Strategic Projects

Tel: 011 717 2741



Assistant Dean - Teaching and Learning

Dr Paula Barnard-Ashton

Teaching and Learning

Tel: 011 717 3259