The South African National Bioinformatics Institute delivers biomedical discovery appropriate to both international and African context. Researchers at SANBI perform the highest level of research and provide excellence in education.


The institute is headed by the director who reports through the faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of the Western Cape, and provides overall leadership to the organization. The faculty members report to the director and are tasked primarily with provision of research, education and capacity building. Currently there are two professors and an...



SANBI receives funding and support from a range of organisations in South Africa and Internationally. Organisations currently supporting SANBI include: South African Medical Research Council South African National Research Foundation Atlantic Philantropies International Business Machines Inc. South Africa European Union's 6th Framework Programme World Health Organization Wellcome Trust


Who We Are

History SANBI was founded in 1996 by Winston Hide, a South African computational biologist who returned from the USA. The Institute has been developed within the University of the Western Cape faculty of Natural Sciences. It is legally part of the UWC. It has a constitution that has been ratified by the Senate of the...