Latest News & Announcements

CEBIB Webinar on Applications of R software in Data Science

R is a versatile open-source software not only for data scientists but also for other research scientists. Unlike the previous years where we hosted on-site hands-on R-software training in the University of Nairobi's Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics - Bioinformatics lab, this year, we will host a webinar on the various applications of R software in data science.

Our facilitator's this year are Kelvin Muteru (PhD Bioinformatics fellow) and Charles Ndegwa; the session will be moderated by Dr. Roseline Macharia.

Renown Scientist, Prof. Victor Jongeneel, gives a mentorship talk at CEBIB

CEBIB hosted a guest speaker, Prof. Victor Jongeneel, a renown scientist with more than 120 peer-reviewed articles. Prof Jongeneel shared his experience on the challenges and opportunities in a research career. 

He advised the participants to:

  1. Figure out what you’re good at & work on it.
  2. Be opportunistic and always seek collaborations.
  3. Never put yourself behind a wall; share data/information - sharing & being open is fundamental for scientists.

CEBIB to host a talk by renown scientist, Prof. Victor Jongeneel

The Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (CEBIB) welcomes postgraduate students and staff to a talk by Prof. Victor Jongeneel to be hosted at CEBIB Lecture room on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. Prof. Victor Jongeneel will share the experiences in his exemplary research career; the challenges and opportunities to look out for in science.

CEBIB student selected for research exchange programme at the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK)

Brenda Makena, a 2nd year MSc Bioinformatics student from the University of Nairobi’s Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (CEBIB) has been selected for 3 months all-expenses-paid research students exchange programme. Brenda is among nine students competitively selected for the programme from various institutions of higher learning in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Sudan, and Cameroon. The programme, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), is aimed at strengthening capacity at the beginning of the student’s research careers.

Curriculum Review and Team Building

On 1st November 2019, Stakeholders, Staff and Management Team at the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics met to discuss and consolidate the reviewed graduates curriculum at Sentrim Elementaita Lodge.

During the curriculum review group discussions, Quality Assurance Officer, Doreen Nanyama emphasized that, “the order of complexity of academic programmes is differentiated based on Bloom’s Taxonomy level as per Universities Standards & Regulations 2014.”

Masters Student Interns at KEMRI

Faith Kivunga, Masters of Science Student in Biotechnology was among students who interned at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), IDeAL (Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders) in Kilifi for 10 months, from September 2018 until August 2019. 

Faith is currently researching on the development of a malaria vaccine that will help reduce the number of deaths especially in children under the age of 5 years and expectant women.