Module 4: Sequence Alignment theory and application



Pandam Salifu

Primary trainer

Affiliation: Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Medicine (KCCR), H3ABioNet

Samson Pandam Salifu holds BSc. in Medical Sciences, MSc. in Biomedical Science with distinction and PhD. in viral genomics. He is a faculty staff of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a Research Fellow at Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Medicine (KCCR). Dr. Salifu has extensive experience in running and management of research and diagnostic laboratory facilities. He has a considerable experience in a range of molecular biology methods. Over years he has worked in molecular diagnosis of infectious pathogens, bioinformatics, proteomics, characterization of recombinant proteins as well as sequencing and comparative genomics of viral genomes. Dr. Salifu is a Co-Chair of User-Support Working Group of the H3ABioNet, which aims to help researchers interested in bioinformatics including genotyping, NGS, population genetics, data management and software development. He has interest in development of cheap and rapid diagnostics to detect and to control drug resistant / serious pathogenic microbes in health sector. His current research focuses;

  • Genotyping and prevalence of HPV infection, cervical abnormalities and cancer in HIV-infected and non-infected women
  • Multi-drug and extensive drug resistance TB
  • Genotyping and prevalence of drug resistance hepatitis B virus
  • Sexually Transmitted infections



Shaun Aron


Affiliation: University of Witwatersrand, H3ABioNet

Shaun Aron has been a member of Wits Bioinformatics since 2007 when he joined as an MSc student in Human Genetics/Bioinformatics. After completing an Honours degree in Human Genetics, he was intrigued by the computational approaches being developed to address complex biological questions and decided to hang up the pipette and pick up a computer instead. His MSc aimed to apply relevant bioinformatic techniques to characterise and possible identify the molecular cause for a rare genetic skin disorder called Keratolytic Winter Erythema. While completing his MSc he joined Wits Bioinformatics as an Associate Lecturer/Consultant in 2009 and has been involved in various teaching, training and consulting activities within the university. In 2013 he took up the position of H3ABioNet Bioinformatics Consultant/Trainer at the Wits Node of H3ABioNet. Shaun has a keen interest in the genetic basis of rare genetic disorders, population genetics and the practical application of bioinformatics for biologists. He is also actively involved in the education and training endeavours of the H3ABioNet and H3Africa AWIGEN project.