Dr Muki Shey

Department of Medicine

Dr Muki Shey, Chief Research Officer (Associate Professor Level), PhD (University of Cape Town)

Chief Research Officer and Wellcome Intermediate Fellow, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences; contributing investigator, Wellcome Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa); C2-rated Researcher, National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa; Member, Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT).

Muki Shey's main research interest is investigating the immunology and the intersection with genetics (Immunogenetics) of infectious diseases and the contribution of MAIT cells to resistance to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (M. tb) infection (and TB disease) in highly exposed healthcare workers. He is also interested in how HIV and other viral diseases, including COVID-19, affect immune responses to M. tb infection.

Key areas of expertise: Immunology, infectious disease, clinical research 

Selected publications:

See publications and profile on Research Gate.

Contact details:

N2.09B, Wernher & Beit North
IDM Building, Health Sciences Faculty
Anzio Road Observatory
University of Cape Town
South Africa

Tel: +27 21 650 1731
Email: muki.shey@uct.ac.za (alternate: sheyson.shey@gmail.com)

Group members:

Member Position
Avuyonke Balfour PhD Student
Samuel Alobwede  PhD Student
Phelele Bhengu  PhD Student
Nompumelelo Mthimkhulu  PhD Student, based at CSIR in Pretoria
Sr Rachel Dielle  Research Nurse and Study Coordinator
Nomawethu Masina  PhD Student
Fuzeka Mdulwa  Clinical Research Worker
Abulele Bekiswa  MSc Student


Prof David Lewinsohn (Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, United States of America (USA))
Prof Thomas Hawn (University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, USA)
Prof Katalin Wilkinson (The Francis Crick Institute, London, United Kingdom)

Prof Ambroise Wonkam (Human Genetics, UCT)
Dr Charlotte Schutz (Department of Medicine, UCT)
Prof Charles Wiysonge (SA Medical Research Council)
Prof Graeme Meintjes (Mentor, Department of Medicine, UCT)
Dr Kabamba Alexandre (Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa)