The H3ABioNet-Fogarty Seminar

Overview (Content and Syllabus etc)

The H3ABioNet-Fogarty Seminar coordinators and task force cordially invite you to join us for the next Fogarty Student Seminar in July 2020. Each Seminar will see two Fogarty students (MSc/Mphil/PhD) present a talk related to their ongoing projects.

Speaker Biography

Martha is an EANBiT MSc Bioinformatics fellow registered at Pwani University and currently undertaking her project at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. She holds a BSc in Medical Laboratory Science and Technology from the University of Nairobi and a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Health Research Methods from Pwani University. As a PGD fellow, she worked on the molecular characterization of human rhinovirus among school-going children. For her master?s research project, she aims to elucidate the transmission pathways of human rhinovirus across different social scales using whole-genome sequence data. The successful completion of this project will inform public health policies on the management of outbreaks of human rhinovirus and other respiratory viruses. Her research interests are in virology, genetics and genomics and data visualization.

Speaker Biography(2nd)

Sounkou Mahamane Toure is a student with a background in mathematics and computer sciences acquired during a bachelor degree in applied mathematics and Informatics at the Cadi Ayyad University in Morocco. He has coding experience in several programming languages including R and Python and systems administration acquired through scientific projects for during his bachelor and subsequent internships. He is currently a Masters student in Bioinformatics at the Faculty of Sciences and Techniques of the University of Science, Techniques and Technology in Bamako in the African Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics of Bamako during which he was awarded an NIH Fogarty International training fellowship at Tulane University department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Data Science under the mentorship of Dr Jaffrey Shaffer. For his masters training, he practiced clinical database management systems like Redcap working as an intern in a NIH funded project on the genetics of familial neuro-muscular pathologies in Neurology Department at Point G hospital in Mali. His interests include: genetic epidemiology, population genetics and data science. For his Master thesis project, he applies multivariate genome-wide association techniques to discover and replicate genetic loci associated with blood lipid levels in different populations of African origins for which several manuscripts are in preparation. As a visiting research trainee at Tulane University, he acquired additional research skills through collaborations on several projects around malaria epidemiology and statistical modeling for which manuscripts for publication are in preparation.

Instructions for Pre-Webinar Exercises


Webinar organisers. Organizing body contact details and

Webinar Organisers/Organizing Body

H3ABioNet, H3Africa

Name of the Speaker
Martha Luka;
Length of discussion
15 min
Length of talk
1 hour
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Targeted Learning Outcomes


Event Theme/Subject Category
Host H3Africa Project/Organizations/H3Africa Working Group
H3ABioNet: A Sustainable African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa
Type of Training/Opportunity
H3Africa Webinar
Dates of Event
Tue, Jul 21 2020, 3:30 to 4:30pm
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