SADaCC

Dr. Morrice is managing the development of data analysis pipelines and training material for big data epidemiology. Pipelines to include GWAS studies, whole genome sequence variant calling, cleaning and summarizing epidemiology registry data, and more. The pipelines will be augmented by extensive online documentation and training materials. Previously a researcher in mathematical astronomy, Jack has moved to the field of bioinformatics and human genetics where they are currently developing modern, ready-to-use, and portable data analysis pipelines for a range of study types in big data epidemiology. Jack obtained his PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Sheffield in the UK before coming to Cape Town, South Africa, where they now live.

Mr Nguweneza is PhD student in the Division of Human Genetics, University of Cape Town. His project is looking at genetic and non-genetic factors that are associated with blood pressure variation among sickle cell patients. Prior to joining the Division of Human Genetics, Mr Nguweneza worked as a Data Analyst at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) from 2014 to 2018 and Epidemiology Fellow at Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office from 2013 to 2014. Mr Nguweneza holds MSc. in Epidemiology from Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.

Chandré Oosterwyk received her BSc in Medical Bioscience and microbiology at the University of the Western Cape in 2018. In 2018 she completed her Honours degree in Human Genetics. Her honours project involved investigating the role of the SFRP4 causing Pyle disease in a South African patient, which was under the supervision of Professor Ambroise Wonkam. Chandré is currently registered as a Masters student at the University of Cape Town. Her MSc project is aimed at investigating the microbiome profile in patients with sickle cell disease.

Mr. Mupfururirwa joined the SADaCC group to assist the Data Management and Information group with implementing sustainable Data Management schemas. He is working on implementing mobile health in the SADaCC group. My role is to find gaps in research which technology can fill. He is also currently working on implementing a mobile health application that will assist patients with pain management as well as work on implementing pipelines.

Mrs. Hotchkiss works remotely from her home in Kloof (KZN, South Africa) as the lead curator for the SCDO. Her undergraduate background is in biochemistry and physiology. She has qualifications and work experience related to high school teaching, software development quality control, documentation creation and editing, and programming and research in the bioinformatics field. She is the proud mom of 3 young children, including twin girls.

Dr. Kambe Banda is a medical doctor by profession. Currently a PhD student at the University of Cape Town in the division of Human Genetics.

Mr. Esoh is a SADaCC Research Fellow in Human Genetics.

Mrs. Samie is a first-year Masters student, specializing in Human Genetics, at the University of Cape Town. She obtained both her Bachelors and Honors degrees studying at the University of Cape Town. Mrs. Samie is the second eldest of two siblings and is married to Sage Davids. Some of her goals include publishing her first journal article, obtaining her Master’s degree and finally getting her driver’s license. Mrs. Samie enjoys spending her free time reading, hiking and playing with her dogs.

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