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Ramokone Lisbeth Lebelo

Country of origin: South Africa Currently in: South Africa, Pretoria General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Academic Background


2014 Doctorate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
2008 Master Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

Investigate the knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer in south African women. investigate HPV epidemiology in unvaccinated South African population. The association of sexual risk factors with HPV infection sin MSM, women and dental patients. Predictors of cervical cancer development or development of abnormal cervical lesions in South African population. self sampling versus doctor collected for cervical cancer screening and HPV testing.

Research Keywords: 
cervical cancer screening
human papillomavirus vaccine
penile cancer
anal cancer
HPV in men who have sex with men
Oral HPV
HPV and co-infections
HPV epidemiology
HBV epidemiology
HPV in helath care workers
Occult HBV infections
HPV vaccination

Publications resulting from Research: 

Ramokone L Lebelo, Gae¨ lle Boulet, Cornelius M Nkosi, Mechack N Bida, John-Paul Bogers, and M Jeffrey Mphahlele. Diversity of HPV Types in Cancerous and Pre-Cancerous Penile Lesions of South African Men: Implications for Future HPV Vaccination Strategies. J. Med. Virol. 2014; 86:257-265.

Lebelo RL, Bogers JJ, Thys S, Depuydt C, Benoy I, Selabe SG, Bida MN, Mphahlele MJ. Detection, genotyping and quantitation of multiple hpv infections in south African women with cervical squamous cell carcinoma.J Med Virol. 2015 Sep;87(9):1594-600.

Lebelo RL, Thys S, Benoy I, Depuydt CE, Bogers JP, Bida MN, Mphahlele MJ. Laser micro-dissection and qPCR for identifying specific HPV types responsible for malignancy in penile lesions. J Med Virol. 2015 Oct;87(10):1761-8. doi: 10.1002/jmv.24229. Epub 2015 Jun 25
Amponsah-Dacosta E, Lebelo RL, Rakgole JN, Selabe SG, Gededzha MP, Mayaphi SH, Powell EA, Blackard JT, Mphahlele MJ. Hepatitis B virus infection in post-vaccination South Africa: Occult HBV infection and circulating surface gene variants. J Clin Virol. 2015, 63:12-17.

Amponsah-Dacosta E, Lebelo RL, Rakgole JN, Burnett RJ, Selabe SG, Mphahlele MJ
Evidence for a change in the epidemiology of hepatitis B virus infection after nearly two decades of universal hepatitis B vaccination in South Africa. J Med Virol. 2014, 86(6):918-24.

Tsakani H. Sondlane, Lesego Mawela, Lufuno L. Razwiedani, Selokela G. Selabe, Ramokone L. Lebelo, J. Nare Rakgole, M. Jeffrey Mphahlele, Carine Dochez, Antoon De Schryver, Rosemary J. Burnett. High prevalence of active and occult hepatitis B virus infections in healthcare workers from two provinces of South Africa. Vaccine 34 (2016) 3835-3839.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Higher Education Study
Managing a research laboratory Teaching post graduate students studying towards international masters on vaccinology in Switzerland supervising post graduate students Head of HPV and STIs Training Centre for Africa and principal investigator under a number of projects. Deputy Leader for VLIR-IUC University research programme (project 4), managing the project, reporting progress and managing the finances of the project.

Workshop and Conference Attended

2018 Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University Assessment and moderation short course
2017 CSIR international Convention Centre (ICC), Ruby Auditorium, Meiring Naude Rd, Brummeria, Pretoria Symposium on Nanomedicine focusing on TB and HIV/AIDS
ICCCT, Cape Town 28 February-4 March 2017 31st International Papillomavirus Conference
March 2nd-5th, 2016 Hyderabad, India 17th ICID

Presentation given

4th March 2017
HPV prevalence in MSM population rom North West of Pretoria.
ICCCT, Cape Town
Event: 4th WAKA HPV AFRICA symposium,31st International Papillomavirus Conference, Basic Science and Global Health impac