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. Her implementation of the Hirchberg algorithm speeds up the process by several factors, decreasing the process from hours or days to mere minutes, and in some instances, seconds.
Another of SANBI’s PhD students, Alecia Naidu, a member of the TB Genomics Group, received the first prize for her poster presentation on the development of a computational framework for the management of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data. Her specific implementation of this framework manages mycobacterium tuberculosis NGS data.