15 minutes: KRISP Work at a Glance

In this new section of the krisp.org.za website, the idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life.

Big Data update for COVID-19 in Africa: Epidemiology & Genomics

KRISP Big Data - 2020-03-20

Together with the Big Data group of UKZN, we started a daily update of the data on COVID-19 in South Africa and a weekly update on cases, deaths and genomic data in Africa. All of the scripts for generation of the data is deposited open in repositories as all any data developed by our team.


KRISP is Helping the Response to Coronavirus in Africa. See our activities and please support us...

KRISP News - 2020-03-17

The University of KwaZulu Natal’s Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) boasts state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and scientific expertise and capacity not commonly found in Africa. This places our multidisciplinary team in the ideal position of being able to play a critical role in supporting the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team has placed all current research activities and services on hold to focus full-time on helping with this outbreak. Please help to fund it by donating to our activities here.


Innovation Festival 2020, Durban, South Africa, 5-7 March 2020

Innovate Durban - 2020-03-05

KRISP has an exhibition space at the Innovation Festival, Durban, 5-7 march 2020. We will also be participating in the Cities of the Future discussion session, where we will present BioDurban vision to make Durban the Biotech capital of Africa. Please come visit us and learn more about Biotech, Innovation, Genomics, Epigenetics, Bioinformatics, Precision Medicine and DNA testing...


KRISP open a CRISPR-Cas9 laboratory with Thermo Fisher Scientific in South Africa

KRISP News - 2020-03-05

KRISP flew two international specialists from Thermo Fisher Scientific to start our new CRISPR-Cas9 laboratory! We also received advanced training on genetic and epigenetic editing techniques in our own lab. KRISP has now all of the equipment to growth, edit and analyse cell lines. The lab is available for scientific service and it is a major development that will help to keep Africa at the cutting-edge of science.


KRISP work to produce a bioinformatics software for coronavirus COVID-19 rapid identification and characterization

Bioinformatics - 2020-03-04

We developed an rapid bioinformatics tool for the identification and characterization of novel coronavirus genomes. The tool was released in January 2020 and published in Bioinformatics in February 2020 as an open access tool to help to characterise genomes of COVID-19 viruses.


World Birth Defects Day, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH), 3 March 2020

KRISP News - 2020-03-03

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH), KRISP and Genetic Alliance SA joins nearly 200 national and global organizations in observing the sixth annual World Birth Defects Day (WBBD) on March 3, 2020. Launched in 2015, the WBBD movement aims to raise awareness around the serious global issue of birth defects and to urge improved surveillance, research, prevention, and care for affected individuals and families.



YouTube Videos

Data@Breakfast “Responding to the COVID-19 epidemic: local and global perspective”

From Richard Lessells, date: 2020-03-27, duration: 01:07:00

KRISP labs are ready to work on the coronavirus epidemic response in Africa!

From Chimukangara B, de Oliveira T, Harris P, date: 2020-03-23, duration: 00:01:33

Coronavirus war room launched at UKZN with KRISP support in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

From Lessells R, Chimukangara B, Khanyile K, date: 2020-03-05, duration: 00:01:49

KRISP & Genetics Alliance at World Birth Defects Day 2020, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

From Mattinson S, de Oliveira T, Fish M, Gazi I, date: 2020-03-04, duration: 00:01:18


KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).


Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira