CERI & KRISP Newsletter Dec 2022: German Chancellor Scholz Praises African Science, Calabash Award and Leading Science in Africa

Welcome to another inspiring edition of the CERI & KRISP Newsletter. This month the global impact of our work is once again in the spotlight. Testament to this are the numerous awards, publications and international recognition that the team continues to receive.

Professor Tulio de Oliveira travelled with Dr Sikhulile Moyo to Germany to receive the German-Africa Prize for their contributions to science during the pandemic. They also used their visit as an opportunity to advocate for a united global health response, calling for transparent, unbiased and collaborative knowledge sharing between the global north and south.

Dr. Yeshnee Naidoo represented CERI and KRISP at the UNISA Calabash Award Ceremony where we were awarded the Outstanding Educator Award for our Genomics Africa Fellowship program. Dr. Naidoo received the award from UNISA’s chancellor, former President Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria. We are also advertising seven Postdoctoral Fellowships to join our exciting teams in 2023.


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The concept behind this newsletter is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about the work of the Centre for Epidemic Research and Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), which is a Platform of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa.

- Award: German Africa Prize: Chancellor Scholz Praises African Science.

- Award: Calabash Award: Outstanding Educator Award for our Genomics Africa Fellowship program

- News: New York Times: Changing a discriminatory nomenclature system: Monkeypox has a new name: Mpox.

- Publication: Global disparities in SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

- Publication: Global Expansion of SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern: Dispersal Patterns and Influence of Air Travel.

- Publication: Advancing detection and response capacities for emerging and re-emerging pathogens in Africa

- Service: : Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) expanded collaborative service at KRISP and CERI.

- Positions: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Epidemiology, Genomics & Phylogenetics

- Positions: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Epidemiology, Ecology and Climate Studies

- Positions: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Spatial Epidemiology and Biostatistics

- Positions: Postdoctoral Research Software Engineers (RSEs)

CERI and KRISP want to want to challenge the status quo and create a scientific environment in South Africa that drives innovations in global health and reverses the brain drain. A critical function of CERI and KRISP will be to make genomics, epigenetics, and bioinformatics accessible to academic, industrial, and commercial users.

News date: 2022-12-30



KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).

Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira