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Mr. Mzodidi Tutuka (Finance Administrator)

Mzodidi Tutuka

Mzodidi Tutuka was born in the Eastern Cape and grew up in Cape Town. He joined the Division of Human Genetics (UCT) in June 2018. He currently fulfils a role as Finance Administrator for Research in the GeneMap project. His specific role is in the financial processes and policy part of the project making sure that business dealings are paid for in order to keep the research work running.

Ms. Chandré Oosterwyk (MSc. 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.

Dr. Jack Morrice (Post-doctoral Researcher)

Jack Morrice is a postdoc in bioinformatics, working for GeneMap and SickleInAfrica. He is interested in the application of cutting edge new bioinformatics algorithms to improve the diagnostic power of methods in genomic medicine for people of African ancestry, with a specific focus on Sickle Cell Disease. In a previous life, Jack worked in astronomy, where he spent his time stuck on the Dark Energy puzzle.

Ms. Khuthala Mnika (PhD Student)

Ms Khuthala Mnika is a PhD student at the University of Cape Town. Ms Mnika is currently in her final year of her PhD studies and has already published three manuscripts as a first author and four manuscripts as a co-author in high impact journals. Her project project is entitled; Pharmacogenomics of Sickle Cell Disease: Pain and Drug metabolism associated Gene Variants, and hydroxyurea induced post-transcriptional expression of miRNAs in an African cohort.

Dr. Gaston Mazandu (Bioinformatician)

Gaston K. Mazandu is from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and initially a graduate in Mathematics with an Honours degree in mathematics from University of Kinshasa in the DRC. He was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Cape Town, South Africa and a Masters in Computer Science at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Prof. Andre Pascal Kengne (Epidemiology Consultant)

Prof. Kengne is a medical doctor and internist from the School of Medicine of Yaounde in Cameroon; and holds a PhD in medicine from the Sydney University, Australia. He is the current Director of South African Medical Research Council's Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit, and holds conjoint appointments as Professor at the Department of the Department of Medicine of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Emile Chimusa (Bioinformatics Consultant)

Dr. Chimusa is a statistical geneticist, his expertise is in population structure and genome wide patterns of variation within and between species to address fundamental questions in biology, anthropology, and medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and has extensive experience in designing and applying statistical methods to large genomics data sets in computational biology and statistical genetics.

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