Genetic sequencing is increasingly used to investigate pathogens and human genes that affect health. We have transfered one of the world’s most advanced and respected genetic sequencing systems to Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN in order to enable and support world-class genomics research. The proposed system is fully automated and uses robust laboratory and informatics methodology in order to generate high-quality genomic data (relating to any pathogen or human gene) at a fraction of the cost of commercial or in-house research laboratories in Africa, which use more labour-intensive processes and do not buy bulk reagents at discounted prices. The proposed facility is envisaged to become a national scientific resource and to become a truly sustainable facility of interest to UKZN and other research institutes and comercial partners within Africa and as such would be able to attract funding and deliver high-impact scientific output.
Management: The genomics facility is chaired by a lead researcher (Prof. Tulio de Oliveira) with a steering committee (SC) and administrative support, whose activities are, among others, to evaluate and select applications for the usage of the genomics facility.
Partners: Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), HIV Pathogen Program (HPP), Jembi Health Systems, Centre for Proteomic & Genomic Research (CPGR), Makerere University/UVRI Infection and Immunity Research (MUII), South African Medical Research Council (MRC) and University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
Funding: South African Medical Research Council, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, European Commission, National Research Foundation and University of KwaZulu-Natal
Time: The genomic facility is fully functional.
High-Throughput Genomics Facility at Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa
Videos that highlight the construction of our genomics facility.