Advancing scientific education on the African continent

Thermo Fisher Scientific in partnership with the KwaZulu Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa has developed an educational programme on PCR which has been offered to high school and tertiary students.

The initiative is aligned is aligned to Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Education in South Africa and aim to build and foster science education and skills across the region, enabling high-quality research. Watch the overview of the training.

As part of this program, we are Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) training programs on molecular techniques in South Africa. Training is open to students and for technical staff of commercial and academic laboratories

KRISP and Thermo Fisher Scientific Laboratory in South Africa

The training takes place in the state-of-the-art KRISP and Thermo Laboratory at the K-RITH Tower Building at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN.

The training program started in July 2018. Training is schedule at the academic breaks so students easily attend. We normally take 20 participants per event as it includes hand-on laboratory experience.

Training Workshops (2018):

- Quantitative PCR (qPCR) Training Workshop - 4 October, 2018

- Sample to PCR (PCR) Training Workshop - 2 October, 2018

- Sample to PCR (PCR) Training Workshop - 6 July, 2018

The first workshop was held on 6 July 2018, focusing on DNA extraction and amplification. The workshop received an overwhelming response and included both University students and learners from local high schools. Students gained exposure and hands-on experience working in the state-of-the-art scientific laboratory. .

News date: 2018-09-07


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