Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics
South African Tuberculosis Bioinformatics Initiative
Gerard C. Tromp, Ph.D.
Tel: +27 21 938 9947
Professor Tromp was born in Johannesburg, attended Bryanston High School and then completed a BSc and a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry at Potchefstroom University. He continued his studies at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Piscataway, New Jersey, USA and obtained his PhD in Biochemistry. Prior to joining Stellenbosch University in March 2015 as a Professor of Bioinformatics and Human Genetics, Gerard held faculty positions at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, and at Geisinger Health System, in Danville, Pennsylvania, USA. Gerard has extensive experience in bioinformatics and computational analyses and has authored over 200 publications. At Stellenbosch University he is looking forward to participating in many collaborative research projects centered around the internationally renowned tuberculosis research programme and building up a bioinformatics programme for the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Gian van der Spuy, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Tel: +27 21 938 9949
Professor van der Spuy was born in Cape Town and, seeing no reason to leave one of the most beautiful cities in the world, remained there. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology, with a BSc. (hons) in Medical Biochemistry. He then moved to Stellenbosch University for a MSc. in Neurochemistry, after which he completed his PhD in Biomedical Sciences on the molecular epidemiology of tuberculosis. During his time as a PhD student he spent a few months at Stanford University on a fellowship acquiring new skills and ideas which resulted in an interest in computational data analysis. Since then he has broadened his research scope to include collaborations with groups working on the immunology and host genetics of TB, providing expertise and training in data management, bioinformatics and statistical data analysis. He has produced in excess of 90 publications and also authored a number of software packages, including a web-based Laboratory Information Management System for managing clinical research projects. With the establishment of the bioinformatics initiative, Prof. van der Spuy is looking to collaborate more widely in a variety of projects and train a new generation of researchers in much-needed analytical skills.
Elizna Maasdorp, M.B.Ch.B, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Tel: +27 21 938 9949
Dr Maasdorp is a medical doctor with a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology and a PhD in Molecular Biology. She is interested in discovering biomarkers for infectious diseases, as well as making connections between gene expression profiles and other modalities such as the clinical and imaging characteristics of disease. Elizna fulfills a data analysis role in a number of tuberculosis-related collaborations, contributing RNA-sequencing data analysis, predictive modelling and data visualization. She also enjoys teaching and being involved in students' post-graduate journeys and serves as supervisor or co-supervisor for a number of students.