Tulio de Oliveira, a CAPRISA Research Associate, is leading the newly launched KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). KRISP was established following an agreement between the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UKZN in South Africa. Professor Salim Abdool Karim will chair the Scientific Advisory Board of KRISP.
De Oliviera, says that KRISP aims to produce and analyse omics data at the speed and quality of leading global genomics centres.
De Oliveira, an expert in HIV genetics and bioinformatics, is Professor in the College of Health Sciences at UKZN. “A critical function of KRISP will be to enable and facilitate access to genomics, epigenetics and bioinformatics technology to a broader community of users who might not otherwise pursue these technologies or use alternative international resources, ‘said de Oliveira.
‘We decided that it was wise to build KRISP on our strength in genomics, epidemiology and bioinformatics and to use our existing facilities at the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences to host it,’ said de Oliveira. KRISP has recently received much academic and general media attention, which highlighted this as an important development in South Africa. For more information please visit http://www.krisp.org.za
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