Bachelor of Science in biochemistry (honorary), University Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1983. Diploma higher education, University South Africa, 1986. Master of Science in parasitology, Columbia University, New York, 1988.
Degree in public service management (cum laude), University Pretoria, 1995. Doctor of Philosophy in medicine, University Natal, South Africa, 2000.
Head, woman and aids programme CAPRISA, Durban, South Africa, since 2003. Director University of Colorado-SA Fogarty AITRP, New York, since 2005, Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prevention Trials Network, New York City. Consultant International Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Vaccine Initiative, New York City, since 2000.
Associate professor epidemiology Columbia University, New York City, since 2003. Associate professor, school of family public health medicine Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa, since 2004.
Member Progressive Primary Health Care Network, Johannesburg, South Africa, Treatment Action Campaign, Cape Town, South Africa. Founding member Genetic Antiretroviral Procurement Project, Johannesburg, South Africa. Member of Public Health Association of South Africa, International Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Society.
Married Salim Safurdeen Abdool Karim, April 27, 1989. Children: Safura, Aisha, Wasim.