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Hepatitis Virus Diversity Research Unit

A compassionate team, creating knowledge, developing capacity


The Hepatitis Virus Diversity Research Unit established in 2008 is a research entity within Department of Internal Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. The research objective of the unit is the study of sequence variation of hepatitis viruses, in particular of hepadnaviruses and hepatitis C virus, their functional characterization and their role in the clinical manifestation of liver disease. Our research falls into three areas: clinical and epidemiological, functional in vitro characterization and development of 

Bioinformatics tools necessary to study hepatitis viruses.  Our research focus allows for training of postgraduate level students and researchers in the field of molecular virology and provides a much-needed focus for the development of excellence in ideas and capacity.