Module 5: Multiple Sequence Alignment
Ahmed Mansour Alzohairy
Affiliation: The Egyptian Center of Bioinformatics and Genomics, Zagazig University, H3ABioNet
Dr. Ahmed Mansour Alzohairy is an Egyptian scientist who obtained his Ph.D. degree in (Plant Signal transduction) from faculty of agriculture, Zagazig University, Egypt in collaboration with McGill University, Canada. He has over six books published in international publishing houses. He also has published over 50 international research articles in the field of plant biotechnology, genomics and Bioinformatics. He has been invited and participated in many international scientific meetings and conferences in biotechnology and bioinformatics around the world. He was selected as international reviewer and guest editor by many international journals in the field of biotechnology and bioinformatics. He has participated and organized many training courses in molecular genetics and bioinformatics in Egypt and around the world. His research interests includes: 1- Genomic Mobile Elements: Activation, Evolution and Molecular markers 2- Isolation and cloning of promoters and regulatory elements controlling spatial in temporal gene expression. 3- Promoters Isolation and production of Antimicrobial peptides. 4- Developing Bioinformatics tools for Biological data analysis He is currently an assistant Professor of Genetics and the director of the Egyptian center of Bioinformatics And Genomics (ECBAG), Zagazig University, Egypt.
Affiliation: Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), H3ABioNet
Dr. Ssemwanga received his PhD in Molecular Virology at Makerere University, in 2013 where he studied the prevalence of individuals infected with multiple strains of HIV in Uganda and the effect of these multiple infections on disease progression. He received a Wellcome Trust funded Makerere University/UVRI Infection and Immunity Postdoctoral fellowship to study the virological and immunological correlates of HIV-1 superinfection. This work involves the use of ultra-deep sequencing with phylogenetic analysis to determine HIV-1 superinfection and neutralization assays to determine the development of neutralizing antibodies prior to and after superinfection. In his current position as a Senior Research Scientist with the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS he continues to work on HIV-1 superinfection. His other research interests include the use of Molecular Epidemiology approaches to understand the HIV transmission networks in our populations: a key approach necessary to reduce transmissions in the most at risk populations. He is involved in studies on HIV-1 drug resistance in light of the increased access to treatment. He is also involved in H3ABioNet, a network tasked to develop bioinformatics capacity in Africa. He organizes and teaches at the annual Bioinformatics in the Tropics Uganda series.