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Dr. George Githinji

Lead for Bioinformatics


George is the Lead for Bioinformatics for the Programme. George holds a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science and Technology from Egerton University and a PhD from the Open University (UK) advised by Dr Peter Bull (University of Cambridge), Prof Kevin Marsh (Oxford University) and Dr Britta Urban (University of Liverpool). His PhD thesis explored the extent of sequence and epitope diversity within a short region of the PfEMP1 molecule that is associated with characteristic expression patterns in severe and non-severe malaria cases. Before joining the programme, George trained at the MoMs malaria project in Tanzania and SBRI (now Center for Infectious Disease Research) in Dr Patrick Duffy’s lab and received courses in bioinformatics topics at the University of Washington George is interested in developing reproducible bioinformatics data processing workflows and is keen on open-source software development. George took a leading role in developing pipelines for SARS-CoV-2 sequence analysis