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Bioinformatics is a specialist discipline straddling the fields of biology, mathematics and computer science and it is integral to modern biological research. The South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) is a research institute reporting through the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town.

Our primary focus is the development and implementation of computational methodologies which allow researchers to accelerate their genomics data analyses. SANBI aims to heighten awareness of bioinformatics in South Africa and to assist the country in making optimal use of bioinformatics tools.

As the leading bioinformatics entity in Africa, we continue to foster local and regional collaborations on health-related topics that cover both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

SANBI provides a focus for biological research located in Africa and as such, is dedicated to
  • The development of online specialised resources for genomics and genome informatics.
  • Capacity development in genomics and bioinformatics in Africa.
  • The development and implementation of genome annotation methods.
In keeping with its vision of becoming a centre of excellence in biomedical research and education in the global, African and South African context, SANBI offers Honours, Masters and Doctoral postgraduate programmes.

Students who are interested in Bioinformatics as a career path are encouraged to take a combination of relevant subjects in Life or Health Sciences, Statistics, Computer Science and Mathematics during their undergraduate degree.

If you are Interested in applying for a Post graduate degree in Bioinformatics, please follow the link to find out more about studying @ SANBI - Please follow the SANBI application instructions before commencing with the UWC application procedures.

For more information on this vibrant research environment and postgraduate training programmes at SANBI:

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