Renovation work in one of the five(5) laboratories at the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (CEBIB) began today.
This effort is aimed at revamping CEBIB’s research space to enhance scientists’ working experience and to accommodate the increasing demand for research based at the Centre.
University personnel and students utilising the lab are informed that the facility will be under minor renovations for not more than a week. Research staff/students who anticipated to utilise the lab are therefore advised to consult CEBIB Senior Technologists Mr. Edwin Rono and/or Ms. Anne Owiti for alternative working space to avoid disruption of their research activities. The Centre management regrets for any inconvenience as a result of the process.
Ms. Towett Sharon a CEBIB MSc. Biotechnology student invited to Prof. Bruno Lemaitre Laboratory - UPLEM at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland from February 1, 2016 to April 31, 2016 to co-work on a project involving Drosophila-Spiroplasma interaction.
On 30th November - 5th December, 2015 CEBIB Lecturer and students attended a “Bioinformatics approaches for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)” course hosted at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). The course was organized by ICIPE and TReND (Teaching and Research in Natural Sciences for Development in Africa) volunteers and comprised of participants from 45 universities across Africa. NGS analysis topics including de novo genome and transcriptome assembly, ChIP-seq and RNA-seq, rare variant calling and population genetics were taught. Other topics included introduction to R statistical programming language and software development concepts such as databases and version control. The main focus was on the use of freely available data and open source technologies, and encouraging open reproducible research. More information on the annual short course is available at;