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Spotlight - H3Africa Study Coordinator WG Chair

Study Coordinator Working Group Chairperson Dr. Nasinghe Emmanuel is a medical officer working with CAFGEN as a study coordinator. He worked as a clinician in HIV/TB endemic areas for 2 years before joining Prof. Joloba's laboratory as Research Assistant. His duties as a study coordinator include; 1. Maintaining the Study Master File. 2. Ensuring that all study protocols are approved on time, and maintaining active IRB status throughout the study period. 3. Coordinating the patient recruiting clinic with the laboratory and Biorepository. 4. Ensuring that all study samples are processed on time and stored at the required temperatures. 5. Ensuring quality assurance and quality control of all Laboratory processes. 6. Preparing and submitting study progress reports.

Ritah Nabunje is a Bioinformatics Trainee at the Genomics and Bioinformatics Laboratory in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University (MakCHS). She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Laboratory Technology of Makerere University. Ritah has laboratory experience in Microbiology, Biochemistry and molecular biology besides special training in Genomics, Bioinformatics and Next Generation Sequencing. She is skilled in Bash scripting, Python programming, Statistical analysis with R, and in multiple biological domains with data analysis and management of Next Generation genomic sequencing technologies. She is also experienced with open source Bioinformatics tools including; BWA, BowTie, GATK, Samtools, FreeBAYES, among others. Ritah is under a Computational Biology mentorship program (Computational and Molecular Epidemiology Training in TB and HIV in Uganda,D43TW010045-03) at the dept of Immunology and Molecular Biology (MakCHS). Ritah is also a member of PhageTeam Uganda that was formed in June 2016 and is currently involved in research and development for exploration of bacteriophages for medical, food and environmental health. Ritah plans to fill in the gap of a Bioinformatician,hence her interest in studying functional genomics of bacteriophages for phage-based bio-control and phage therapy application in medicine and food safety. She is progressively building on the necessary capabilities because she believes that bacteriophage exploration and genomics study with the use of whole-genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis will provide a foundation for development of rapid diagnostics and therapeutics against drug resistant bacteria in Uganda and Africa. Besides, minimizing drug use in animal production systems is highly recommended to fight the alarming incidences of AMR; and phages are one of the candidate agents being fronted. Further, Ritah is a flexible person, highly motivated, devoted to learning, and likes to work in an innovative, positive and challenging environment where she can utilize all her skills, knowledge and capabilities in the best possible way to contribute to mutual growth and success in her area of interest.

JP Maree is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in the Department of Biochemistry under the supervision of Prof. Hugh Patterton. His research interests lie in epigenetics and genomics, the role of chromatin structure and architecture in gene regulation and expression. His current research focuses on the epigenetics of Trypanosoma brucei, an early branching dixenous protist that causes Human African Trypanosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently investigating the role of combinatorial post-translational histone modifications employed by this organism in regulating and demarcating its genome, and how these epigenetic marks facilitate host immune evasion. He was a founding member of the H3Africa Fellows Club and Newsletter, where he served as Chair and editor-in-chief, respectively.

He obtained his B.Sc. from the University of the Free State where he studied microbiology, genetics, chemistry and biochemistry. During his undergrad, he was invited to join the Golden Key society. Following his undergrad studies, he subsequently received his M.Sc. in Biochemistry Cum Laude from the UFS. He also attended several bioinformatic courses, hosted/facilitated by H3Africa and H3ABioNet, which focused on genomics and epigenetics.

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