SANBI receives MRC Flagship award

A team led by Professor Alan Christoffels recently received a MRC flagship award to undertake research on tuberculosis with a focus on developing methods to accelerate the identification of new tuberculosis drug targets. Over the past 4 years, the team has been predicting new drug targets for tuberculosis and predicting the effect of DNA modifications […]

Coelacanth genome surfaces

An international team of researchers from institutions such as Broad Institute at MIT/Harvard, the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and Rhodes University (RU) has decoded the genome of a creature whose evolutionary history is both enigmatic and illuminating: the African coelacanth. A sea-cave dwelling, five-foot long […]

SANBI takes top honours at ROD2012

Two of SANBI’s students received top honours at the recent 2012 UWC Science Faculty Post-Graduate Research Open Day (ROD2012). PhD student Imogen Wright from the HIV Evolution group at SANBI received the first prize for her oral presentation on the use of graphical processing units (GPUs) for the generation of biologically relevant multiple sequence alignments. […]