Principal Investigator of iLEAD - MBBCh MMED (HAEM) FCPath (Haem)
Professor Wendy Stevens is a global leader in HIV and TB-related laboratory medicine. She is Head of the Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and heads up the National Priority Programme within the National Health Laboratory Service, which is the largest pathology service provider in South Africa, servicing 80% of the population in the public sector. Professor Stevens helped establish the first HIV PCR laboratory in the NHLS and formed the National Priority Program to implement WHO-endorsed TB diagnostic testing. She is a strong supporter of laboratory upliftment across Africa and has developed training courses for Good Laboratory Practice, Good Clinical Laboratory Practice, CD4, and viral load testing. Her programmes and experience have been shared beyond South Africa’s borders to benefit laboratories in countries such as Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Professor Stevens has been an advisor to PEPFAR, the CDC, the Clinton Foundation and the Gates Foundation.