SADaCC

Nchangwi is interested in ethical and social issues in health research. She is currently involved in research related to the equitable governance of global health research consortia. Key areas: Justice, fairness and equity in health research.

Dr. Morrice is managing the development of data analysis pipelines and training material for big data epidemiology. Pipelines to include GWAS studies, whole genome sequence variant calling, cleaning and summarizing epidemiology registry data, and more. The pipelines will be augmented by extensive online documentation and training materials. Previously a researcher in mathematical astronomy, Jack has moved to the field of bioinformatics and human genetics where they are currently developing modern, ready-to-use, and portable data analysis pipelines for a range of study types in big data epidemiology. Jack obtained his PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Sheffield in the UK before coming to Cape Town, South Africa, where they now live.

Mr Nguweneza is PhD student in the Division of Human Genetics, University of Cape Town. His project is looking at genetic and non-genetic factors that are associated with blood pressure variation among sickle cell patients. Prior to joining the Division of Human Genetics, Mr Nguweneza worked as a Data Analyst at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) from 2014 to 2018 and Epidemiology Fellow at Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office from 2013 to 2014. Mr Nguweneza holds MSc. in Epidemiology from Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.

Ms. Kyomugisha is a PhD student and SADaCC fellow in the division of Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town. She obtained her MSc (Cum laude) and Honours in Biomathematics degrees from Stellenbosch University. Her research was focused on mathematical modelling of HIV-related lymphomas and cost-effectiveness analysis. She obtained her BSc in Mathematics and Physics from Makerere University in Uganda. Her areas of interest include mathematical modelling for public health decision-making and developing computational tools for data management and analysis.

Chandré Oosterwyk received her BSc in Medical Bioscience and microbiology at the University of the Western Cape in 2018. In 2018 she completed her Honours degree in Human Genetics. Her honours project involved investigating the role of the SFRP4 causing Pyle disease in a South African patient, which was under the supervision of Professor Ambroise Wonkam. Chandré is currently registered as a Masters student at the University of Cape Town. Her MSc project is aimed at investigating the microbiome profile in patients with sickle cell disease.

Dr. Kambe Banda is a medical doctor by profession. Currently a PhD student at the University of Cape Town in the division of Human Genetics.

Mr. Esoh is a SADaCC Research Fellow in Human Genetics.

Mrs. Samie is a first-year Masters student, specializing in Human Genetics, at the University of Cape Town. She obtained both her Bachelors and Honors degrees studying at the University of Cape Town. Mrs. Samie is the second eldest of two siblings and is married to Sage Davids. Some of her goals include publishing her first journal article, obtaining her Master’s degree and finally getting her driver’s license. Mrs. Samie enjoys spending her free time reading, hiking and playing with her dogs.

Dr Gaston Kuzamunu Mazandu, passed away on September 24, 2021 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo on August 18, 1969, son of the late Mazandu-Kuza and Nketani-Bilandi. He is survived by his beloved wife Madam Marie-Paul (Malungidi), his four children (Jemima, Glodi, Keren and Emmanuel) and his siblings and friends.

Dr Kuzamunu was a senior lecturer and lead developer for the Sickle Africa Data Coordinating Centre in the Division of Human Genetics under the Department of Pathology. Amongst many other contributions to the field of Bioinformatics, he helped to develop the SCDO and was instrumental in most of the SCDO publications.

Dr Kuzamunu was very humble and generous to everyone, especially students, and had a great sense of humour.

For more on Gaston’s life and successes, and to read heartfelt stories and tributes to his life, you can visit his Memorial Website.

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