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A vision where the global south lead on the response to epidemics...


Our vision is to effectively respond to epidemics through pathogen genomics surveillance to enhance biomedical discovery, improving the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of human disease and generating economic opportunities for Africa.

We use our expertise in genomics to identify new variants of pathogens and advance basic and translational science to improve prevention, treatment and vaccines to human disease in Africa.


Genomics & Digital Biology

CERI bring together world-class scientists t to create the largest Genomics Centre in Africa. CERI under the leadership of Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, collaborates with leading research organizations to create the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA). Through the NGS-SA, this has led to South Africa being one of the leading examples in the world of the application of genomics surveillance to SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens.
Pathogen genomes



CERI has access to advanced P3+ biosafety level laboratories and animal models to determine pathogens’ phenotypes.

Vaccine Evaluation

In collaboration with Prof. Alex Sigal group, we evaluate the effectiveness of vaccines on the neutralization of variants.

Antimicrobial Resistance

We also focus on the identification of antimicrobial resistance and the evaluation of the most appropriate diagnostics and therapies for resistance pathogens.

Recent Publications

Big Data, Epidemiology & AI

CERI Genomics Centre is supported by a scientific team that specializes in epidemiology, big data, computational intelligence, and bioinformatics. These analytical skills are necessary to understand how pathogen genetic variation affects the transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and vaccination. We are able to analyze large datasets and provide information on how to guide public health response.

We Can Help Preparing to
Future Epidemics

We are building a team at the School for Data Science and Computational Intelligence in Stellenbosch University to continue use advanced algorithms to identify the first signs of epidemics in Africa..

We have a team of scientists that specialise in bioinformatics. We especialize in all of the major steps from the assembly of raw Omics data, to advanced phylogenetic analysis and software development.