About Us

  • The Vision

    To become a centre of global, African and South African excellence, achieving the highest levels in biomedical research and education.

  • The Mission

    SANBI aims to conduct cutting edge bioinformatics and computational biology research relevant to South African, African and global populations. The development of human resources in bioinformatics and computational biology is critically important.

  • The Goals

    The generation of quality, relevant biomedical research. The training and graduating of competent researchers. Adding of value to the academic program of the University of the Western Cape. Enhancing other research fields through collaborative projects. Establishing sources of renewable funding to pursue the mission of the institute.

Recent News

Check out what we've been up to recently.

  • UWC Forensic DNA Lab Product Launch

    On 6 December 2018 Prof Junaid Gamieldien attended the product launch of the UniQ Typer™ Y10 Genotyping Kit Product developed by Prof Eugenia D’amato at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa in partnership with Inqaba Biotec. Gamieldien was as present as the team-lead for development of UniQTyper Reference Database (http://ystr.sanbi.ac.za/), which was co-developed […]


    Roux-Cil Ferreira, a PhD student in the group of Prof Simon Travers, has recently published a paper in Nature Scientific Reports (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-33390-2).  In this paper she explored how sugar molecules bound to the surface proteins of HIV are in a constant state of flux in order to protect the virion from attack by the host […]

  • Galaxy Africa 2018

    Galaxy (https://galaxyproject.org/) is a widely used web-based bioinformatics analysis environment that SANBI has been contributing to since 2012. The Galaxy Africa conference (attended by 44 participants from 7 countries) (http://galaxyafrica.sanbi.ac.za/), was held at SANBI at the University of the Western Cape between 3 and 5 April 2018. It aimed to inform, educate, and bring together […]

Keep in Touch

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