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Profile: Prof. Nicola Mulder

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Nicola Jane Mulder
nicola.mulder@uct.ac.za
+27 21 406 6058

Professor and head of the Computational Biology
(CBIO) division at the University of Cape Town

Principal investigator of H3ABioNet, a Pan African
bioinformatics network for H3Africa

Research
Focus areas
  • Studying microbial genomics and infectious diseases from both host and pathogen perspectives
  • Investigating human genetic factors underlying disease susceptibility
  • Studying African population genetic diversity
  • Understanding the effect of the microbiome on immunity and disease
  • Developing tools and resources to support high-throughput biology data analysis
List of publications
Career highlights
2018   Received NRF B2 rating
2017   Awarded 5-year NIH grant for H3ABioNet
2016   Elected to University of Cape Town College of Fellows
2014, 2015   Named on Thomson Reuters Highly Cited List
2014   Promoted to Full Professor (University of Cape Town)
2012   Awarded 5-year NIH grant for H3ABioNet
2009   Appointed Associate Professor and Head of Computational Biology (CBIO) division
(University of Cape Town)
2007   Appointed Adjunct Extraordinary Associate Professor (University of the Western Cape)
2005   Jointly appointed InterPro Team Leader (European Bioinformatics Institute) and
National Bioinformatics Network Node Manager (University of Cape Town)
Current students and post-docs
Post-docs PhD students MSc students
  • Imane Allali
  • Jean Bashingwa
  • Kilaza Samson Mwaikono
  • Alexa Heekes
  • Arash Iranzadeh
  • Ephifania Geza
  • Holifidy Arisoa Rapanoel
  • Jacquiline Wangui Mugo
  • Kenneth Opap
  • Kirsty Lee Garson
  • Mamana Mbiyavanga
  • Matthys Potgieter
  • Samar SM Elsheikh
  • Twaha Mlwilo
  • Wisdom Alemya Akurugu
  • Moussa Djimde 
  • Javan Okendo
Recorded talks and chaired sessions

Bioinformatics training in H3Africa

International Workshop on Data Science Training

Distance-based, online bioinformatics training in Africa: the H3ABioNet experience

Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) 2017, Prague

Facilitating access to data

Chaired session, Global Alliance for Genomics & Health 4th Plenary Meeting, Vancouver

Women in science and the science of women – studying microbiomes

AIMS public lecture, Cape Town
Contribution to education and training in bioinformatics
Involvement in education and training organisations
  • Member of Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET)
  • Co-chair of GOBLET Learning, Education and Training Committee
  • Member of EBI External Training Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Makerere University UVRI Centre of Excellence for Infection & Immunity Research and Training Scientific Advisory Board
  • Co-chair of International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Education Committee

 

Courses organised and lectures presented
2010 ‑ present   Organised and taught on National Bioinformatics course in Cape Town
2008 ‑ present   Course convenor for BSc Med Honours in Bioinformatics at UCT
2012   High-throughput Biology Data Analysis, Masters Program module, University of Mauritius
2010   Taught on ICGEB-IUBMB Genomics and Proteomics course, Cape Town
2008   Organised and taught on WHO TDR course, Bioinformatics Tools for Comparative Genomics of Vectors: towards an understanding of Glossina biology, UWC.
2008   Biological Databases module at National Bioinformatics Network Courses.
2007   Organised and taught on The WHO TDR International Training Course and Workshop on Annotation and Bioinformatics Analysis of Glossina (Tsetse) cDNAs, UWC.
2007   Biological Databases module at National Bioinformatics Network Courses.
2005 ‑ 2012   Bioinformatics undergraduate and Honours teaching, University of Cape Town.
2004   Introduction to Bioinformatics course, third year undergraduate course, UWC South Africa. Lectures and practicals on introduction to bioinformatics.
2004   Introduction to Bioinformatics workshop, NBN, Cape Town, South Africa. Lecture on protein classification and InterPro.
2003   Organised and taught on The Regional Training Course on Bioinformatics Applied to Tropical Disease Genomics, UWC.
2003   Swiss-Prot and InterPro workshop, DKFZ, Heidelberg. Lectures and practicals on InterPro.
2002   InterPro workshop, EMBL-EBI. Lectures and workshops on InterPro database.
2001   International training course on Bioinformatics applied to genomic studies, Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Workshop on Protein sequence analysis and genome annotation.
2001   InterPro workshop, EMBL-EBI. Lectures and workshops on InterPro database.
Additional roles and involvement
Member
  • University of Cape Town (UCT) College of Fellows
  • African Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ASBCB)
Full member
  • Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine
Faculty member
  • F1000 Genomics and Genetics
Research fellow
  • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Member of board of directors
  • International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
Scientific advisory board member
  • GSK Africa NCD Open Lab
  • EU ELIXIR
  • EBI Pfam/InterPro
  • Makerere University UVRI Centre of Excellence for Infection & Immunity Research and Training
  • DELGEME (Developing Excellence in Leadership and Genetics Training for Malaria Elimination in sub-Saharan Africa)
  • University of Pretoria Genomics Research Institute
Executive committee member
  • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Committee member
  • UCT Health Sciences Physical Planning Committee
  • UCT University Advanced Computing Committee
  • Organising committee for Conference on Infectious Disease and Global Health
Chair
  • UCT Health Sciences Information and Communication Technology Committee
Co-chair
  • International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Nominations Committee
  • Organizing committee for ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics 
Editorial board member
  • F1000 Research
Guest editor
  • Special issue of Infection Genetics and Evolution, Vol 11(4), 2011
  • Special issue of The Scientific World Journal, Disease Genomics
Associate editor
  • Frontiers in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Series editor
  • CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group Mathematical and Computational Biology Series
Reviewer
  • FEBS, NAR, BMC Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics, PLOS and other journals