In the spotlight – the journal Science features Professor Tulio de Oliveira

31 October 2022

The feature titled ‘An Advocate for Africa’ published in the journal Science on 6th October captures Professor Tulio de Oliveira’s extraordinary journey as a Bioinformatician and his central scientific role during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Dr Meredith Wadman’s narrative details Oliveira’s passion to nurture and develop Africa’s scientific young scientists, his expertise in genomics surveillance and sequencing data in ‘real-world power of tracking viral evolution’ and more recently his coronavirus genomic sequencing work that led to the global understanding of variants and mutations. “The world owes Dr Tulio de Oliveira a debt of gratitude for his genomic sequencing work…and for sharing his research,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“My dream is to show the world that the global South - Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia are the best place in the world to identify new pathogens and control them,” says Oliveira.  He leads the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) at the University of Stellenbosch (SU) and is Professor of Bioinformatics at SU's School for Data Science and Computational Thinking. 

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