Bioinformatics Ghana 2016 – course report

In July 2016 the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana hosted a four day workshop on whole exome sequencing data analysis. The workshop was delivered by Aled Jones and was heavily based on the workshop delivered at the University of Khartoum a few months earlier (see report)

Course Design

The workshop was designed to be as hands on as possible with a talk each morning providing the theory which is then applied during the practical session in the afternoon. The course opened with with an introduction to Next Generation Sequencing and Whole Exome Sequencing followed by a hands on introduction to the Linux command line using fellow TReND instructor Richard Smith Unna’s excellent Command Line Bootcamp.

Over the following three days participants learned the theory behind the steps required to process raw sequencing data through to a list of variants, including quality control and exploring the file formats created along the way. The newly found command line skills were utilised to put this theory into practice, with each participant applying bioinformatic tools to process raw sequencing data through to a list of variants.

Wellcome Trust sponsored project completed

In early 2016 we were delighted to receive funding from the Wellcome Trust, UK to run two projects over the course of the year. One project was to run a series of outreach events in Nigeria, while the other was to establish a sustainable collaboration with the University of Khartoum, Sudan. We are delighted that all goal have now been achieved. See the below link for some pictures and a short report.

See the full report here!

Nigeria outreach spree continues!

Our outreach coordinator Mahmoud has been on an outreach spree the pass few weeks, from Lagos to Yobe State, Nigeria. He and his team are inspiring future generation of African Scientists through hands-on activities ranging from protein assays, fly fractionation,  DNA modelling to cell modelling. During these events, students from nine (9) secondary schools learned to conduct experiments and present their findings, with quiz competition at the end, for which, the top schools received microscopes as prizes. More to follow soon!

TReND workshop on Genome editing – Applications open now!

We are excited to announce the first ever TReND course on Genome editing, to be held at the icipe campus in Mbita, Kenya on May 20th-June 11th.

Find all information here:

Print poster here.

Open Labware II – Applications open now!

We are excited to announce the second installment of our VolkswagenStiftung-sponsored “Open Labware” course on 3-D printing and electronics to build your own lab equipment. The course will be held at the Department of Physiology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Eligibility encompasses all African-based researchers with an MSc degree or higher. In addition, this year we also reserve a number of slots for applications from our funder’s base-country of Germany to foster international exchange. More information on the top of the application form.

Spread the word, print the poster (pdf here!) and apply!

Ibadan poster