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Dr George Githinji

Lead for Bioinformatics


George is the Bioinformatics lead at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Science and Technology from Egerton University and a PhD in Biosciences from the Open University (UK). George works in the field of pathogen genomics and has established genomic sequencing platforms for a number of respiratory pathogens and viruses of public health importance. He worked with the GeMVi project to establish genomic and bioinformatics capacity in East-Africa. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he established genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in the country and in the region working closely with regional bodies such as Africa-CDC and WHO-AFRO to support sequencing and capacity building in the region. George is a member of several technical working groups on genomic surveillance and bioinformatics infrastructure.