The largest genomics facility in Africa

We are have launched of the largest and most advanced state-of-the-art laboratory in Africa and part of our vision is to create the most affordable genomic services to drive high-level science and epidemic response in Africa.

Advancing research, training and clinical diagnostics

Our sequencing fleet includes Illumina Novaseqs, Nextseqs 2000, Miseqs, GridIons (ONT) and  Sanger sequencers. This allow genomic data from humans, animals, plants and microbes to be produced locally at optimal cost and quick turn-around time.The centre has also a separate training area.

Genomics as a service

Please contact us to get a quote for genomics data generation and analysis. Our vision is to allow all the genomics investment during our outstanding work in the pandemic to be available to other groups (academic, commercial, industrial and governmental) to unlock the power of African genomics.

Supporting Africa and the world on Genomics Surveillance & Epidemic Response

Here you can learn more about how we support many collaborators with genomics, bioinformatics and phenotyping services in Africa and around the world.

How to use our services?

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CERI has a collaborative platform with key stakeholders to support the the implementation of genomics techniques in the global south. We collaborate with 100s of partners on ideas that can give rise to grants and collaboration.


We produce data in real-time with normally a turn around time of a few days. In 2022 alone, we have produced data 21 African countries as part of collaborative programs (e.g. Africa CDC/WHO PGI, Rockefeller Genomics Africa, NGS-SA, NGS-BRICS, NIH CREID UWARN, Abbott APCD, etc).


We  have a large team of data scientists that work closely with national, continental and international partners  to provide detailed data analysis  – see our publications section


We have access to large bioinformatics servers and the fastest internet ring in Africa in collaboration with the data centre of the SAMRC


CERI follows ISO15189 accreditation system. At present, HIV drug resistance, SARS-CoV-2 qPCR and SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequencing have been accredited. Contact us for clinical genomics services.

President of South Africa visit to our Genomics Facility 

President Cyril Ramaphosa and the minister of High-Education, Science and Innovation, Dr. Blade Nzimande visit our facilities in 2022. 

Recognised as an specialised genomics facility by the Africa CDC and WHO AFRO

CERI is one of two large and specialised genomics and bioinformatics facilities in Africa. CERI mandate in the Africa CDC PGI is to provide support to all African member states and training. Together with The Rockefeller Foundation, AfricaCDC and WHO, CERI has launched since 2022 the Genomics Africa Fellowship Program that has trained 253 fellows from 39 African countries – More info on Genomics Africa website


President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Dr. Blade Nzomande at CERI Genomics Centre, Stellebosch University.