ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics 2017

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


JULIE MAKANI, PhD JULIE MAKANI, PhD
Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Senior lecturer
Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion
Muhimbili University, Tanzania

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DANIEL MASIGA, PhD DANIEL MASIGA, PhD
Theme Leader, Animal Health
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
Nairobi, Kenya

Towards elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): Leaving genomics behind?

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B.F. FRANCIS OUELLETTE, PhD

B.F. FRANCIS OUELLETTE, PhD
CSO, VP Scientific Affairs
Génome Québec

NICOLE SORANZO, PhD NICOLE SORANZO, PhD
Group Leader

Human Genetics
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI)
Professor of Human Genetics
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

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BIOGRAPHIES
JULIE MAKANI, PhD
Dr. Julie Makani is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow and Senior lecturer in the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion at Muhimbili University, the main clinical, academic and research centre in Tanzania. Tanzania aims to develop excellence in genomic medicine to address some of the fundamental issues limiting research and healthcare in Africa. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is recognised as a ‘perfect model’ to test the paradigm of translating genome-based knowledge into health benefits because it is a monogenic disorder with considerable phenotypic variation and causes a significant burden of disease. Tanzania has recognised SCD as a major public health problem. With support from Wellcome Trust, Muhimbili has established a framework for research, which is integrated into providing healthcare and training biomedical scientists. Tanzania intends to use SCD as a model to establish scientific and technological solutions that are locally relevant but have global significance. Achieving success in SCD will illustrate that with effective global partnerships, significant advances in health and advancement in biomedical science can be achieved.

Dr. Makani trained in Medicine at Muhimbili and completed her postgraduate training in Internal Medicine in the UK. She undertook her PhD in SCD, acquiring critical clinical-epidemiological skills. She is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and a research fellow, Oxford University. In 2009 she was awarded the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship for promoting excellence in biomedical science in Africa. She received the 2011 Royal Society Pfizer Award in recognition of her work in using anaemia in SCD as a model of translating genetic research into health benefit.

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DANIEL MASIGA, PhD
Dan Masiga’s research focus is on tropical infectious diseases, which began with African trypanosomes, the subject of his doctoral studies, but extended to malaria and NTDs. He has led projects in these fields, and aims to use generic subjects such as genomics and bioinformatics to advance new knowledge, and develop tools that reduce the impact of tropical diseases. He sees his biggest contribution to science being to mentor young African scientists in the life sciences, and enabling them to take leadership roles in shaping the role of S&T in Africa's development. He is a previous president of ASBCB, and leader of the H3ABioNET node at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology. 

www.icipe.org/about/staff/daniel-masiga
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NICOLE SORANZO, PhD
Prof. Soranzo is a human geneticist working in the field of human complex trait genetics. Her research focuses on the application of large-scale genomic analysis to unravel the spectrum of human genetic variation associated with cardiometabolic and immune diseases, and its interaction with non-genetic and environmental cues. Prof. Soranzo graduated in biological sciences at the University of Milano, Italy, with a dissertation on population and evolutionary genetics. She later obtained a PhD in genetics from the University of Dundee, and undertook post-doctoral training in human population and statistical genetics at University College London, conducting applied and methodological work in evolutionary genetics and association studies. In 2005 Prof. Soranzo joined the Pharmacogenomics Department at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development (Raritan, USA). In 2007 she joined the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and since 2009 she has led her own team. In 2015 she was additionally appointed as Professor of Human Genetics at the School of Clinical Medicine of the University of Cambridge. Furthermore, Prof. Soranzo is a member of the Cambridge University Platelet Biology and Cardiovascular groups, the NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Donor Health and Genomics and the EU BLUEPRINT and EpiGeneSys projects. She serves in several steering committees and scientific advisory boards, and is on the editorial board for the European Journal of Human Genetics, Genome Medicine, Trends in Genetics, and Molecular Biology and Evolution.
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