Bioinformatics Service Platform

Strengthening bioinformatics in South Africa

The Department of Science and Technology has set up the Bioinformatics Service Platform (BSP) to provide coordinated bioinformatics support to the South African biotechnology industry and life science researchers, through access to human and computing infrastructure and bioinformatics expertise.
BSP is an independent organisational structure and will provide an over-arching body to coordinate specialised bioinformatics training and services in South Africa. BSP will be hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with the central office at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town. It will include a Project Manager and bioinformatics support staff.

What can BSP do for you?

  • Provide bioinformatics services and support to researchers at local universities and companies who require custom bioinformatics services for their research and products.
  • Provide technical and intellectual support for bioinformatics specialists working within lab-based research groups (embedded bioinformaticians).
  • Develop and maintain new tools and resources relevant to the needs of the biotech industry and local researchers.
  • Develop computing infrastructure for access by all life scientists in the country.
  • Interact with the community to provide a coordinated platform of relevant bioinformatics services.
  • Provide a training program for bioinformaticians and specialised bioinformatics training to life science researchers in industry and academia to enable bioinformatics skills transfer.

BSP Steering Committee Members

The Department of Science and Technology has appointed a Steering Committee to oversee the BSP. The appointment process of the steering committee was based on nominations received through an open call.

BSP Manager Position

The BSP Manager from May 2016 is Dr John Poole.

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