Professor Shabir Mahdi (South Africa) is a clinical infectious disease epidemiologist and vaccinologist. His main research interests are the epidemiology and prevention through vaccination of the leading causes of infectious disease associated morbidity and mortality in children from low- and middle-income countries. In 2013, he received the Medical Research Council Life Time Award. He has 270 publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
Currently, Shabir Mahdi is Professor of Vaccinology and Director of the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa.
During the past 18 years, his research included investigations for vaccine epitopes against pneumococcus and Group B streptococcus, epidemiological studies on vaccine preventable diseases and clinical development of vaccines against neonatal sepsis, pneumonia and diarrhoeal disease. He has led pivotal trials on pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, rotavirus vaccine, maternal influenza vaccination and isoniazid prophylaxis in African HIV- exposed and HIV-unexposed children.