It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the passing on
of Prof. James Opiyo Ochanda, the former Director-CEBIB, which occurred on May 28, 2016 after short illness.
May the Lord rest his soul in eternal peace.


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CEBIB, Chiromo Campus
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On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, CEBIB postgraduates participated in a 1-day educational visit to ICIPE. The students used the opportunity to familiarise themselves with ICIPE’s strategic role in three (3) key thematic areas of research namely health, agriculture and environment. The students visited three research laboratories at the institution; Emerging Infectious Diseases unit, Molecular Biology & Bioinformatics unit and Bee Health unit.



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Kasarani, Nairobi
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Mr. Kelvin Muteru, MSc. Bioinformatics student, attended and presented his research at two scientific meetings held in Dakar, Senegal on 12th to 18th May, 2016. Kelvin presented the findings of his MSc thesis that involved characterization of polydnaviruses in the tsetse fly genome with the aim of identifying possible novel tsetse fly control avenues.



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Dakar, Senegal
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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;

http://www.icipe.org/index.php/news/971-bioinformatics-training-workshop-next-generation-sequencing-analysis-nov-30-dec-5-2015-icipe-nairobi-kenya.html

 



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Dakar, Senegal
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Prof Tarlochan Singh Dhadialla (second right), who was recently appointed as an adjunct professor at the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (CEBIB) had a fruitful visit to CEBIB in the month of December 2015 where he shared his experiences and held fruitful discussions with both academic staff and postgraduate students respectively.



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Dakar, Senegal
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