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Brandon Reyneke, winner of the 2018 Illumina Core Lab Competition, dropped off his samples for analysis at the CPGR earlier today.  Brandon is a MSc candidate under the supervision of Prof Wesaal Khan in the Department of Microbiology, Stellenbosch University (SU), and his project aims to monitor roof-harvested rainwater bacterial communities before and after solar disinfection.  The long term aim is to provide communities living in rural areas or informal settlements with a safe alternative water source. 

Brandon has received a 16S Illumina metagenomics sequencing assay as his award.

The Centre for Proteomic & Genomic Research (CPGR), and Whitehead Scientific, distributor for Illumina (SA) successfully ran, a core lab program in the latter part of 2018. The goal of the program is  to boost Genomics research in South Africa ,by running a lab program that allows researchers to compete for reagents and consumables valued at up to USD 10,000, provided by Illumina, in support of their research endeavors. Online submission gathered basic information about projects and the researchers behind them. Projects had to be compatible with one of the following Illumina platforms: iScanNextSeq500MiSeq, or MiniSeq. The CPGR supports projects by  not charging a service fee.

Pictured here (l to r) are: Thando Ndlovu (SU), Shane Murray (CPGR), Jeanne Korsman (CPGR) and Brandon Reyneke (SU)