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reshma.kassanjee@uct.ac.za

Reshma Kassanjee, PhD

Research Associate

Research Associate

Kassanjee is a senior research officer at the UCT Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) and a member of the International epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS – Southern Africa consortium.
Her research to date has centred on methods for estimating the rate of new HIV infections, and she is currently focusing on using observational data from HIV cohorts to inform global policy and decision-making. As part of her work, Kassanjee also models the dynamics of disease transmission to better understand epidemics and design interventions.

Recent publications

Grebe, E., S.N. Facente, J. Bingham, C.D. Pilcher, A. Powrie, J.Gerber, G. Priede, T. Chibawara, M.P. Busch, G. Murphy, R. Kassanjee, & A. Welte (2019) Interpreting HIV diagnostic histories into infection time estimates: analytical framework and online tool. BMC infectious diseases 19(1):894, doi: 10.1186/s12879-019-4543-9


Pilcher, C., T.C Porco, S.N. Facente, P.E. Grebe, K.P. Delaney, M. Silvina, R. Kassanjee, M.P. Busch, G. Murphy, S.M. Owen, & A. Welte. (2019) A generalizable method for estimating duration of HIV infections using clinical testing history and HIV test results. AIDS 33(7): 1231-1240. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002190


Murphy, G., C.D. Pilcher, S.M. Keating, R. Kassanjee, S.N. Facente, A. Welte, E. Grebe, K. Marson, M.P. Busch, P. Dailey, N. Parkin, J. Osborn, S. Ongarello, K. Marsh, & J.M. Garcia-Calleja (2017) Moving towards a reliable HIV incidence test-current status, resources available, future directions and challenges ahead. Epidemiology & Infection 145 (5), 925-941 doi: 10.1017/S0950268816002910


Kassanjee, K., D. De Angelis, M. Farah, D. Hanson, J.P.L. Labuschagne, O. Laeyendecker, S. Le Vu, B. Tom, R. Wang, & A. Welte (2017) Cross-sectional HIV incidence surveillance: a benchmarking of approaches for estimating the 'mean duration of recent infection'. Statistical Communications in Infectious Diseases 9 (1):1-12. doi: 10.1515/scid-2016-0002


Murphy, G., C.D. Pilcher, S.M. Keating, R. Kassanjee, S.N. Facente, A. Welte, E. Grebe, K. Marson, M.P. Busch, P. Dailey, N. Parkin, J. Osborn, S. Ongarello, K. Marsh, & J.M. Garcia-Calleja (2016) Moving towards a reliable HIV incidence test - current status, resources available, future directions and challenges ahead. Epidemiology and Infection 145(5):925-941. doi: 10.1017/S0950268816002910


Yen T. Duong, Reshma Kassanjee, Alex Welte, Meade Morgan, Anindya De, Trudy Dobbs, Erin Rottinghaus, John Nkengasong, Marcel E. Curlin, Chonticha Kittinunvorakoon, Boonyos Raengsakulrach, Michael Martin, Kachit Choopanya, Suphak Vanichseni, Yan Jiang, Maofeng Qiu, Haiying Yu, Yan Hao, Neha Shah, Linh-Vi Le, Andrea A. Kim, Tuan Anh Nguyen, William Ampofo, Bharat S. Parekh (2015) Recalibration of the Limiting Antigen Avidity EIA to Determine Mean Duration of Recent Infection in Divergent HIV-1 Subtypes. Plos One 10(2). doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0114947.


Kassanjee R, Pilcher C. D, Keating S. M, Facente S. N, McKinney E, Price M. A, Martin J. N, Little S, Hecht F. M, Kallas E. G, Welte A, Busch M. P, Murphy G. (2014) Independent assessment of candidate HIV incidence assays on specimens in the CEPHIA repository. AIDS. 28(16). doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000429.


Kassanjee R, McWalter T. A, Welte A. (2014) Short Communication: Defining optimality of a test for recent infection for HIV incidence surveillance. AIDS Research And Human Retroviruses 30(1). doi: 10.1089/AID.2013.0113.


Kassanjee R., T. A. McWalter, T. Bärnighausen & A. Welte (2012) A New General Biomarker-Based Incidence Estimator. Epidemiology. 23(5): doi: 10.1097/EDE.0b013e3182576c07.


Beauclair R, Kassanjee R, Temmerman M, Welte A, Delva W. (2012) Age-disparate relationships and implications for STI transmission among young adults in Cape Town, South Africa. The European Journal Of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 17(1). doi: 10.3109/13625187.2011.644841.


Reshma Kassanjee, Alex Welte, Thomas A. McWalter, Sheila M. Keating, Marion Vermeulen, Susan L. Stramer, Michael P. Busch. (2011) Seroconverting Blood Donors as a Resource for Characterising and Optimising Recent Infection Testing Algorithms for Incidence Estimation. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20027. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020027.


Biccard B.M., Welte A, Kassanjee R. (2011) Is it possible to decrease the incidence of peri-operative stroke associated with acute peri-operative beta-blocker administration? Anaesthesia 66(2). doi:10.1111/j.1365-2044.2010.06617.x.


DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis