Advanced genomics technologies series


Date : 29 March – 26 May 2021

Workshop Series Objectives

  • To inspire Zimbabwean researchers to expand current projects and aspirations to include next generation sequencing         (NGS).
  • To build understanding in the basic processes of genomic technologies including NGS and the bioinformatics needed for analysis.

Teaching methodology

This is a hands on training workshop for the next generation research leaders in Zimbabwe. The first days of each workshop will involve theory discussions of the background and use of the technologies in application to HIV drug resistance (HIVDR). The following days will involve a hands on training of how to perform the assay and the use of the various machines in respect to HIVDR. The last day of the workshop will have an overall assessment of everything taught.

The course is designed to be delivered as theoretical and practical sessions, tutorials and exercises. All participants are expected to attend all/ elective sessions and are therefore expected to dedicate time to attend the workshop. In addition to sessions, participants will get access to reading materials on these topics. Participants will be required to bring a practice data set derived from their research work which they will use to practice the principles of data management and biostatistics. Not all participants are required to attend all sessions. Participants can choose sessions of interest and should indicate this in their application. Participants will be split into 2 groups as follows:

Data management group: is for participants who want to gain data management skills to be applied in research or programming settings.

Scientific group: is for participants who are currently conducting research projects and have collected data which is at the analysis stage. Or researchers who are currently writing scientific papers and are about to publish findings.

Language: English

Type of training: in-person with practical demonstrations and exercises

Target Audience: Data managers, Doctoral and Postdoctoral candidates, monitoring and evaluation officers, research stuff.

Applications are now closed 

The course is facilitated by the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI) with funding from NIH-D43 (TW 011326) HIV Training Grant.

Course Faculty

Date: 29 March – 1 April 2021

Real time PCR

Cource objectives

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Date: 12 April – 14 April 2021

Sanger sequencing

Course objectives

3 May – 5 May 2021

Introduction to Bioinformatics

Course objectives

Introduce software used in sequencing data management and analysis

The workshop was designed to capacitate participants with analytical skills which they can use to analyse results from the previous 2 workshops



Date: 29 August – 2 September 2022

Next generational sequencing

Course Objectives

At the end of the seminar, participants were expected to:

  1. Define what Genomic Epidemiology is and describe its roles in the era of pandemics.
  2. Outline the SARS-CoV2 Genome and its Emerging Variances
  3. Be able to know, construct and interpret phylogenetic trees
  4. Design genomic epidemiology studies
  5. Appreciate the Oxford Nanopore Technology and its workflows
  6. Know how to use available Phylogenetic Analysis Tools and Software e.g.
    1. GISAID databases
    2. Pangolin
    3. Nextclade
    4. AliView
    5. GitHub
    6. Exatype
    7. Genome Detective