Mr. Jupp, Simon

European Bioinformatics Institute, London, United Kingdom.

Simon Jupp is a Bioinformatician in EMBL-EBI’s Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team with a special interest in the development of ontologies and linked open data for the life sciences. The resources he works on include the EMBL-EBI’s RDF platform, Experimental Factory Ontology, Cellular Microscopy Phenotype Ontology, Zooma, and the Ontology Lookup Service. Prior to joining EMBL-EBI in 2011, Simon worked in research at the University of Manchester, AstraZeneca and the European Arabidopsis Stock Centre. His undergraduate degree is in biochemistry, and he holds an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Prof. Ibrahim, Muntaser

Institute of Endemic Diseases- University of Khartoum, Sudan.

Muntaser Ibrahim is a professor at the Department of Molecular Biology, Institute of Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum. He obtained a B.Sc. in Zoology and chemistry and a Ph.D in Molecular Biology. He was a Wellcome Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge, and is a founding member of the Sudanese National Academy of Sciences, as well as the African Society of Human Genetics. He is a fellow of the Academy of Science for the Developing World (TWAS), Arab regional office (TWAS-ARO) and African Academy of Scinces (AAS). His research interest is primarily on the evolutionary aspects of diseases in relation to human genetic diversity with particular interest on ethnicity, including the role of disease in ethno-geography. In 1998 he established the Unit of Diseases and Diversity, which has it focus on the study of Human and parasite genetic variation. The unit contributes to the institutional efforts in research and training including training courses on Molecular Medicine, bioinformatics and genetic epidemiology. He was recently awarded the CN Rao prize for scientific research by the world Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

Dr. Kengne Kamga, Karen

University of Yaounde, Douala, Cameroon.

I am a Cameroonian born on the 7th November 1987 (28 years) in Mbouda, Christian, single. My spoken languages are English and French. I work as a Physician at District hospital limbe (Cameroon) and like sports and music. I am a holder of a doctorate degree in medicine (2013), GCE A level (2006) GCE O level (2004), and first school leaving certificate (1999). I am currently doing an inter-university diploma training on the care of HIV/AIDS patient at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Science jointly organized by the University of Montpellier and the University of Yaounde. I have a few write ups in pediatric neurology, vaccinology, neonatology and I am currently involved in sickle cell, genomics, bioethics and qualitative research.

Dr. Nirenberg, Damian

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America.

Dr. Damián Nirenberg is a graduate of the Maimónides University, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  After completing Pediatrics Residency at the Argentinian National Children’s Hospital, “Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan”, he completed his fellowship in Pediatrics Hematology and Oncology at the same institution. After training’s completion, Dr. Nirenberg worked several years at the Hematology and Oncology Department and Radiation Oncology Unit as a faculty member, always at that same national reference hospital. Since 2005 he has been working on the development of websites providing childhood hematology and oncology educational multimedia resources to users all around the world. Dr. Nirenberg has accepted a position with Baylor College of Medicine-BIPAI’s Global Health Corps in Luanda, Angola, to join the Angolan Sickle Cell Initiative, beginning in March 2014. Dr Nirenberg is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine (Department of Pediatrics- Section of Hematology-Oncology) and Director of the Angolan Program, Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Centers, Global HOPE (Hematology Oncology Programs of Excellence) at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Panji, Sumir

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

Sumir obtained his PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of the Western Cape as part of the Stanford South Africa Biomedical Informatics (SSABMI) programme where he developed computational and analyses pipelines to determine the intersection between bacterial virulence and positive selection in Professor Winston Hide’s laboratory. He completed his postdoctoral studies in Professor Alan Christoffels’ laboratory at the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) where his focus was on genome assembly, annotation, data mining, large scale statistical analysis of genomics data and development of various computational pipelines and analyses workflows for a myriad of genomics’ data types. DrPanji’s main interests are in creating and implementing computational and analyses workflows, statistical analysis of biomedical data, biological algorithms, high performance computing and the overall application of bioinformatics and genomics methods to better understand complex biological systems. Sumir is currently a bioinformatician within the H3ABioNet consortium who is interested in genome science, data analysis workflows, statistical analyses of large ‘omics datasets, implementation and interpretation of bioinformatics solutions to diverse biological problems and providing bioinformatics support to the H3Africa projects.