Group Leader: Nicola Mulder
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is the second oldest African University; it is a medium sized (approximately 25000 students, including more than 6500 graduate students) research-led institution. It is consistently ranked highest of the African Universities in global rankings of teaching and research. The Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) is one of the largest and most productive research institutes at UCT. It is an internationally competitive centre of excellence in which world-class scientists, using state-of-the-art facilities; work together on research to combat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases and genetic disorders. The IDM has a finance office that manages large grants from multiple international funders, including the EU, NIH, Wellcome Trust, among others.
The Computational Biology (CBIO) Division is a member of the IDM, and includes over 30 staff and students working in Bioinformatics or coordination of projects, such as the H3Africa Coordinating Centre and Sickle Cell Disease Data Coordinating Centre. As such, the members have experience in managing biomedical data, most notably human genomic and clinical data. CBIO leads the H3ABioNet African bioinformatics network which is the data coordinating centre for hosting H3Africa data and facilitating submission to the EGA. Therefore, the group is equipped to transfer, store and manage large-scale human genomics data and has developed experience in the curation and harmonization of phenotype data, which are applicable to this project.