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Genomics Sequencing Services with no profit motive to advance Africa's scientific research, biotech, vaccine, therapy and diagnostics

We're committed to providing affordable genomics sequencing in Africa, with no profit motive. We aim to unleash genomics' potential, support scientific research, and foster biotech, vaccine, therapy, and diagnostics development in Africa.

Training Opportunity: Genomics & Bioinformatics,15-26 July 2024, CERI, South Africa

The Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI), based at Stellenbosch University, and the KwaZulu Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform, based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, are offering 15 short-term fellowships for training in genomics and bioinformatics. The 2-week fellowship will cover travel, accommodation, meals, and ground transfers in South Africa.

Equipping Scientists with Essential Skills Beyond the Lab: The Importance of Accountability

Imagine this: "Be visible. Be very visible or I'll simply forget about you. I have too many to supervise", said your new supervisor

CERI & KRISP Newsletter Apr/May: Professor Tulio de Oliveira selected for TIME100 Health 2024

Welcome to the 2st CERI/KRISP newsletter of 2024. This month, we are thrilled to celebrate Professor Tulio de Oliveira, The Director, for his second recognition by TIME as one of the TIME100 Health 2024's most influential individuals globally.

Advancing HIV Prevention: Experts Convene to Explore Innovative and Collaborative Strategies

In a concerted effort to bolster the global fight against HIV/AIDS, leading experts from a host of prestigious institutions convened at the recent HIV Prevention Workshop that took place from 24-26 April 2024 near the Drakensberg, South Africa. The collaboration between the Ragon Institutes of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, and MIT with Durban-based organizations such as the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), African Health Research Institute (AHRI), HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP), and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), underscored the importance of international cooperation in tackling this pressing public health challenge.

Virology in Africa Conference Highlights Advances and Collaboration in Disease Management

The Virology Africa 2024 conference, held from April 15-18 at the Protea Hotel in Techno Park, Stellenbosch, brought together a vibrant community of virologists from across Africa and beyond. Key themes of the conference included One Health, the management of emerging viruses, pandemic preparedness, and advances in vaccinology among others.

CERI Laboratory gears up for ISO/IEC17025 Accreditation, Pioneering Excellence in Genomics Services

In line with the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI)’s commitment to provide high quality genomics services, the laboratory is gearing up to achieve ISO/IEC17025 accreditation – an internationally recognized Standard for testing laboratories. This prestigious accreditation is internationally recognized and is key to laboratories aiming to demonstrate their operational competence and ability to produce valid and high-quality results.




New England Journal of Medicine


Save lives in the next pandemic: ensure vaccine equity now.
Carlson C, Becker D, Happi C, O'Donoghue Z, de Oliveira T, Oyola SO, Poisot T, Seifert S, Phelan A, Nature (2024), 626(8001):952-953. doi: 10.1038/d41586-024-00545-3:.

SARS-CoV-2 infection in immunosuppression evolves sub-lineages which independently accumulate neutralization escape mutations.
Lustig G, Ganga Y, Rodel HE, Tegally H, Khairallah A, Jackson L, Cele S, Khan K, Jule Z, Reedoy K, Karim F, Bernstein M, Ndung'u T, Moosa MS, Archary D, de Oliveira T, Lessells R, Neher RA, Abdool Karim SS, Sigal A, Virus Evolution (2024), 10(1):vead075. doi: 10.1093/ve/vead075:.

Investing in Africa's scientific future.
de Oliveira T, Baxter C, Science (2024), ;383(6678):eadn4168. doi: 10.1126/science.adn4168:.

Climate Change and Epidemics 2023 Synthesis Report.
de Oliveira T, Baxter C, for the CLIMADE consortium , (2023), CLIMADE, Stellenbosch, South Africa. pp1-23, doi 10.25413/sun.24599043:.

NEJM Case 40-2023: A 70-Year-Old Woman with Cough and Shortness of Breath.
Gandhi RT, Castle AC, de Oliveira T, Lessells RJ, New England Journal of Medicine (2023), 389(26):2468-2476. doi: 10.1056/NEJMcpc2300910:.

Evolution and neutralization escape of the SARS-CoV-2 BA.2.86 subvariant.
Khan K, Lustig G, Römer C, Reedoy K, Jule Z, Karim F, Ganga Y, Bernstein M, Baig Z, Jackson L, Mahlangu B, Mnguni A, Nzimande A, Stock N, Kekana D, Ntozini B, van Deventer C, Marshall T, Manickchund N, Gosnell BI, Lessells RJ, Karim QA, Abdool Karim SS, Moosa MS, de Oliveira T, von Gottberg A, Wolter N, Neher RA, Sigal A., Nature Communications (2023), 14(1):8078. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-43703-3:.

Rapid dynamic changes of FL.2 variant: A case report of COVID-19 breakthrough infection..
Choga WT, Kurusa Gasenna GK, San JE, Ookame T, Gobe I, Chand M, Phafane B, Seru K, Matshosi P, Zuze B, Ndlovu N, Matsuru T, Maruapula D, Bareng OT, Macheke K, Kuate-Lere L, Tlale L, Lesetedi O, Tau M, Mbulawa MB, Smith-Lawrence P, Matshaba M, Shapiro R, Makhema J, Martin DP, de Oliveira T, Lessells RJ, Lockman S, Gaseitsiwe S, Moyo S, Int J Infect Dis. (2023), 138:91-96. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2023.11.011:.


COVID-19 | News sub-variant being monitored closely
By: Tulio De Oliveira and CERI and KRISP teams


Genome Detective Coronavirus Typing Tool

Genome Detective Coronavirus Typing Tool for rapid identification and characterization of novel coronavirus genomes

Genome Detective Dengue Virus Typing Tool

This is a beta version of our Dengue Virus Typing tool. For the mean time, this tool should be used for evaluation only. Please send feedback to Tulio de Oliveira.

Genome Detective Zika Typing Tool

This is the first version of the Zika typing tool, which uses phylogenetic analysis to identify the species and genotype of the virus.

Genome Detective Chikungunya Typing Tool

This is the first version of the Chikungunya typing tool, which uses phylogenetic analysis to identify the species and genotype of the virus.

Genome Detective Yellow Fever Virus Typing Tool

This is the first version of the Yellow Fever typing tool, which uses phylogenetic analysis to identify the species and genotype of the virus.

Genome Detective

This is the first version of our Arbovirus typing tool for Chikungunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever and Zika

REGA HIV Subtyping Tool V3 - Belgium Mirror

Phylogenetic tool to identify the HIV-1 subtypes and recombinants. Query sequences are analysed for recombination using bootscanning methods. The version 3 contains new CRFs (CRF01_AE to CRF47_BF).


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