I come into this research both from Biological and Computational backgrounds, with research experience in laboratory techniques for malaria and cancer genomics. I have interest in the use of Next-Generation Sequencing data for the genotyping and genomic surveillance of infectious diseases, identification of viruses and bacteria from metagenomics data, the development of bioinformatics tools for effective data analysis, and the optimization of laboratory protocols for faster turnaround of the genomics workflow. The focus of my PhD currently is on the genomics surveillance of arboviruses in Africa.
A genomics network established to respond rapidly to public health threats in South Africa.
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Early transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa: An epidemiological and phylogenetic report.
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How a team of scientists worked tirelessly to help the COVID-19 response in Africa - YouTube - 2020-08-23
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).