*Coordinator: SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

The Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU) is the only agricultural and veterinary university in Sweden. It consists of three faculties; veterinary, agriculture and forestry. The university is active in teaching and research in a wide range of veterinary and agricultural areas nationally and internationally. SLU hosts SLU Biobank, which is the only non-human biobank in Sweden.

Many of the research projects at the university are directly or indirectly related to biobanking and bioinformatics. SLU undertakes high quality, cutting edge research ranging from microbial and mammalian genomics via computational functional genomics to molecular evolution.

Team Members Contributing to the B3Africa Project

ERIK BONGCAM-RUDLOFF

Erik.Bongcam@slu.se

I am Associate Professor of Bioinformatics at SLU, Uppsala, Sweden. I am at present the Chair of the COST BMBS Action BM1006: Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis Network (2011-2015), coordinator of the FP7 EU project ALLBIO (www.allbioinformatics.eu) (2012-2014), board member of Uppmax (2006-), in charge of WP7 in Affinomics and WP member in BBMRI-LPC. I was the chairman of EMBnet 2003-09, board member of EuroKup, HealtGrid, WP4 member in BBMRI, and member of WP9 and 10 in ELIXIR.

My research group has extensive expertise in bioinformatics and, with EMBnet and the EMBRACE FP6 NoE, has pioneered the use of databases and web tools technologies for life sciences and is involved in the process of building the necessary know-how to tackle post-genomics new challenges in modern biosciences, such as Next Generation Sequencing platforms.

What is your role in the B3Africa project?

Coordinator of the project and head of WP8, Management

What is your vision for the project? What do you wish to contribute to by participating to this project?

Our vision is to solve Life Science problems by providing infrastructure and capacity building to  support multidisciplinary research and international collaboration with our partners.  With the B3Africa project we are supporting life science research in the region of the world with the fastest growth in population and the greatest genomic diversity. This means that we are working in the region with both the greatest need and the greatest potential for developing new tools to help us with food production, genomics based medicine and understanding on how the human body interacts with the microbiome surrounding us.

 

WP4_Thomas_150x147TOMAS KLINGSTRÖM

tomas.klingstrom@slu.se

I am an engineer in molecular biotechnology at heart but have for several years worked with bioinformatics. The focus of my work is to provide opportunities for specialists in bioinformatics, biology and medicine to focus on what they are good at and get access to good support in the fields which are outside their area of expertise.

What is your role in the B3Africa project?

Head of work package 4, bioinformatics.

What is your vision for the project? What do you wish to contribute to by participating to this project?

My vision is to provide a user friendly platform for bioinformatics that allows researchers to perform the initial analysis of the data they produce. Thereby we make it possible for small biobanks to develop into expert centres that can provide top quality research in their field of expertise and strengthen the community they work in.

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