KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya




Tell us something interesting about your institution The centre is slightly more than 25 years old! It is a world class facility !

What are the main research interests of your institution? The Programme conducts integrated epidemiological, social, laboratory and clinical research in parallel, with results feeding into local and international health policy.

Class of 2016


What are the academic backgrounds of the IBT_2016 participants in the KEMRI classroom? The participants have majority background in the biosciences. One in mathematics and epidemiology. Majority are working here at the programme and a few from Pwani and the pharmaceutical industry.

The KEMRI team



Etienne De Villiers

role for IBT_2016: classroom PI and system administrator

I am the Bioinformatics group leader at the Wellcome Trust – KEMRI – Oxford collaborative research programme in Kilifi, Kenya where I established a Bioinformatics and Genomics platform to support the application of bioinformatics and genomics in research projects at the programme. I have been involved in Bioinformatics capacity building for the last 14 years in East Africa.




George Githinji

role for IBT_2016: teaching assistant

I am a Bioinformatician and postdoctoral researcher within the Department of Epidemiology at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research. I utilise bioinformatics approaches to study virus evolution and transmission patterns during outbreaks. I also have a keen interest in visualization and reproducible bioinformatics research.

Read more about all the IBT_2016 classrooms here