Prof. Dr. med. Julia Bohlius, MD MScPH

Head of Department

Organisational Entity


Julia Bohlius is the Head of Department for Education and Training and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Basel. She is a trained physician and holds an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygience and Tropical Medicine, UK. Julia has clinical research experience from the Univeristy of Cologne, Germany, as well as Public Health and Epidemiology from the Univeristy of Bern, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, where she led the Cancer Research Group for several years. Her research, teaching and training interests span from assessing the burden of cancer in populations living with HIV at global scale to improving quality and access to health care for women at high risk for cervical cancer to critically assess and synthesize the evidence and clinical guideline development for interventions in oncology. For her research she was awarded with a Ambizione-PROSPER grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Robert Wenner Prize of the Swiss Cancer League.

Ruffieux Y et al. Age and cancer incidence in 5.2 million people with HIV: the South African HIV Cancer Match study. Clin Infect Dis. 2023;76(8):1440-1448. DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciac925

Trunk G, Davidović M, Bohlius J. Non-specific effects of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Vaccines (Basel). 2023;11:121. DOI: 10.3390/vaccines11010121

Asangbeh-Kerman S.L et al. Cervical cancer prevention in countries with the highest HIV prevalence: a review of policies. BMC Public Health. 2022;22:1530. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-022-13827-0

Dhokotera T et al. Cervical cancer in women living in South Africa: a record linkage study of the National Health Laboratory Service and the National Cancer Registry. Ecancermedicalscience. 2022;16:1348. DOI: 10.3332/ECANCER.2022.1348

Muchengeti M et al. Cohort profile: the South African HIV Cancer Match (SAM) study, a national population-based cohort. BMJ Open. 2022;12:2:e0534. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-053

Shamu T et al. Cancer incidence among people living with HIV in Zimbabwe: a record linkage study. Cancer Rep (Hoboken). 2022;5(10):e1597. DOI: 10.1002/cnr2.1597

Taghavi K et al. Cervical cancer screening cascade for women living with HIV: a cohort study from Zimbabwe. PLoS Glob Public Health Action. 2022;2(2):e0000156. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0000156

Bohlius J et al. Privacy preserving-probabilistic record linkage to assess cancer outcomes in people living with HIV in South Africa. AfricArXiv. 2021(in press). DOI: 10.31730/

Dhokotera T et al. Cancer in HIV-positive and HIV-negative adolescents and young adults in South Africa: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2021;11(10):e043941. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043941

Muchengeti M, Bohlius J, Dhokotera T.G. Conjunctival cancer in people living with HIV. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2021;34:1-7. DOI: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000705