Bioinformatics Hub of Kenya Initative

Bioinformatics Hub of Kenya Initative

Bridging the gap between well established bioinformaticians and aspiring ones through peer training and mentorship so as to enhance collaborations to foster quality scientific research and innovations and promote the sharing of data, skills and codes.
Why Should I Join BHKi?

Resources

A knowledge hub about Bioinformatics: Tools and Learning materials.

Mentorships

BHKi offers a platofrm where well established bioinformaticians mentor early career bioinformaticians.

Vacancies

A repository of external vacancies related to bioinformatics when they get advertsied by institutions.

Meet-Ups

Every month, there are monthly meetups where training on bioinformatics occur

Our Vision

To be a vivacious, well-coordinated and enthusiastic hub that will develop bioinformatics and skills set through creating awareness, collaborations and capacity development.

Steering Committee

Pauline Karega

Pauline Karega is an Msc Bioinformatics Student at University of Nairobi currently doing her Research work at ICIPE.

Email: P.karega@bhki.org

 

David Mwaura

David Kiragu Mwaura is a Master’s Student in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology from  JKUAT, Kenya.His research interest is using bioinformatics and genomics in zoonotic studies and wildlife conservation.

Email: D.Kiragu@bhki,org

Michael Landi

Michael Kofia Landi is an EANBiT scholar completed his MSc in Bioinformatics at Pwani University.

Currently, he leads the Bhki Steering committee

Email: M.Kofia@bhki.org

Margaret Wanjiku

Margaret Wanjiku is an EANBiT master’s fellow with a keen interest in big data analysis, omics and bioinformatics.

Email: mwanjiiku@bhki.org

Festus Nyasimi

Festus Nyasimi is a Bioinformatician based at ICIPE. His research interests are in the field of epidemiology, virology, regulatory genomics, and bioinformatics.

Email: fnyasimi@bhki.org

Mentors

Jean-Baka Domelevo Entfellner

Jean-Baka Domelevo Entfellner is a scientist–bioinformatics at the BecA-ILRI Hub. Before joining the BecA-ILRI Hub, Jean-Baka was a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of the Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa), and a postdoctoral fellow with the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI). As a postdoctoral fellow, Jean-Baka worked for the NIH-funded H3ABioNet project, part of the broader Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative.

With a formal education in computer science, mathematics and signal processing, Jean-Baka took a one-year sabbatical in 2006-2007 to lecture in Niamey (Niger) and Yaoundé (Cameroon), in the framework of a project aimed at developing higher education and research capacity in mathematics and computer science in Africa. Back in France, he conducted his PhD studies in Montpellier under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Gascuel, on a topic combining phylogenetics and statistical modelling of protein families.

Jean-Baka’s responsibilities at the BecA-ILRI Hub include leading the bioinformatics platform, providing support to the BecA-ILRI Hub users in the computational analysis of their “omics” data (phenotypic or genomic in the broad sense), as well as designing and implementing capacity building activities in bioinformatics. Jean-Baka is also the bioinformatician for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency/Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (DTRA/CBEP) project on the whole-genome sequencing of African Swine Fever Virus.

Originally from Paris, France, Jean-Baka is an alumnus of the prestigious École Normale Supérieure (ENS Cachan, France). Prior to his Ph.D. (University of Montpellier, France), he obtained a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Rennes (France), but also a BA in English studies from the University of Rennes (France), and an MA in English studies from the University of Montpellier (France).

Verena Ras

Verena Ras is a training and outreach coordinator at H3ABioNet – Pan African Bioinformatics Network for the Human Hereditary and Health in Africa Consortium. She focuses on helping to advance bioinformatics capacity in Africa through training, using a variety of online and face to face modalities. Verena also has other passions. Outside of her work at H3ABioNet she is also a PhD student at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa where she is focusing on exploring the taxonomy, population biology and species connectivity of jellyfish in African waters.

Peter Van Heusden

I am a research software engineer and bioinformatician at the South African National Bioinformatics Institute. My background is in Computer Science and computer systems administration, but I have spent the past decade growing a team working on bioinformatics for analysis of pathogens in public health, with a focus on M. tuberculosis and scientific workflows. I’m a long time contributor to the Galaxy project and have provided advice to a number of African public health labs on analysing SARS-CoV-2 genomes and growing bioinformatics capacity more broadly.

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