Associate Professor Salome Charalambous is the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer at The Aurum Institute. She holds a medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MSc and PhD in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
She has vast experience in medical research in the fields of HIV and TB. She was involved in HIV programme implementation prior to antiretroviral therapy implementation in the mining industry and was instrumental in the first large antiretroviral implementation project in the Anglo American companies. Following that, Professor Charalambous was the main recipient of a large PEPFAR grant which involved HIV programme implementation in settings with private practitioners, public sector hospitals, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital, and Thembisa hospital, and the Department of Correctional Services.
As part of programme implementation, she also conducted research studies and published articles on TB-HIV integration, HIV programme evaluations and other topics related to HIV and TB. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a number of clinical trials and large cluster-randomized epidemiological studies.