Successful Illumina Training Workshop Held at KRISP, UKZN

From June 7-10, KRISP at the University of KwaZulu-Natal held a successful Illumina training workshop, bringing together researchers and students to learn about cutting-edge sequencing technology. The event, supported by DIPLOMICS and SEPARATIONS, featured hands-on training and comprehensive sessions, enhancing participants' practical skills and confidence in genomics.

Durban, June 10, 2024 – The KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) proudly hosted another successful Illumina training workshop from 7th to 10th June. The workshop was a collaborative effort made possible by our partners, DIPLOMICS (Distributed Platform in Omics) and SEPARATIONS.

The four-day event brought together researchers, scientists, and students keen to enhance their understanding of Illumina's sequencing technology. The workshop featured in-depth sessions on the latest sequencing platforms, detailed protocols, and hands-on training that provided participants with invaluable practical experience.

"We are thrilled with the outcome of this workshop," said KRISP Manager, Dr. Jennifer Giandhari. "The participants gained significant insights into the Illumina technology, which will undoubtedly contribute to their research and the broader scientific community."

The workshop covered various aspects of the Illumina technology, including sample preparation, sequencing workflows, data analysis and interpretation. This comprehensive approach ensured that participants could grasp both the theoretical and practical components of the technology.

Participants expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to learn from experts in the field. "The hands-on sessions were incredibly beneficial," said Annette Acholla, PhD Student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). "I now feel much more confident in applying these techniques to my research."

Special thanks are due to DIPLOMICS and SEPARATIONS for their essential role in funding and facilitating this event. Their support enabled us to provide this crucial training, fostering capacity building in genomics and sequencing.

As we look ahead, KRISP is committed to continuing these educational initiatives, contributing to the growth of the South African and African scientific community in genomics.

Stay tuned for announcements on our upcoming workshops!

News date: 2024-07-08


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