Obituary: Dr Gaston Mazandu Kuzamunu

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.

Ms. Irene Kyomugisha (PhD Student)

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.

Mrs. Nabeelah Samie (Research Fellow)

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.

Mrs. Jade Hotchkiss (Curator)

Mrs. Hotchkiss works remotely from her home in Kloof (KZN, South Africa) as the lead curator for the SCDO. Her undergraduate background is in biochemistry and physiology. She has qualifications and work experience related to high school teaching, software development quality control, documentation creation and editing, and programming and research in the bioinformatics field.

Mr. Wilson Mupfururirwa (Developer)

Mr. Mupfururirwa joined the SADaCC group to assist the Data Management and Information group with implementing sustainable Data Management schemas. He is working on implementing mobile health in the SADaCC group. My role is to find gaps in research which technology can fill. He is also currently working on implementing a mobile health application that will assist patients with pain management as well as work on implementing pipelines.

Ms. Chandré Oosterwyk (Postgraduate Student)

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.