Staff training is provided for all local staff teams before the IBT course begins.
Workshop outline: H3ABioNet IBT staff training outline
Affiliation: University of Cape Town; H3ABioNet
Kim is a Training and Communication Officer at the University of Cape Town (UCT) branch of H3ABioNet. She graduated from UCT with a Masters degree in Medical Biochemistry in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Blackburn. Her thesis was an in vitro analysis of ‘how HIV affects the brain’ using neuronal stem cell culture and mass spectrometry-based proteomics techniques. During her postgraduate study, Kim was selected to a 3-month programme for emerging leaders in science at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland, where she worked on a Bioinformatics research project and obtained leadership and communication training. In addition, she interned at the Weizmann institute for Science in Israel on a 3-month scientific fellowship in Bioinformatics. Kim is passionate about science education. To this end, she has been involved in various education projects, in her work for H3ABioNet, and in communicating science to the public, such as through her involvement in the organisation of the ‘Pint of Science’ South Africa festival.
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.