The South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) is a non-profit organisation in Cape Town, South Africa dedicated to bioinformatics, biotechnology and genomics in health research.
SANBI maintains current collaborations with institutes and laboratories at Harvard University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Stanford University, the Pasteur Institute, the RIKEN institute, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Institut National de la SantÃ© et de la Recherche MÃ©dicale and the European Bioinformatics Institute.
SANBI is the South African national node of the European Molecular Biology Network, the regional site for the World Health Organisation African centre for training in pathogen bioinformatics, and an affiliate of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.
SANBI is funded by several organisations including the South African Medical Research Council, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, the Claude Leon Foundation, the John E. Fogarty Foundation for International Health at the National Institutes of Health, and the European Commission.
The institute is headed by the director who reports through the faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of the Western Cape, and provides overall leadership to the organization.
The faculty members report to the director and are tasked primarily with provision of research, education and capacity building. Currently there are two professors and an associate professor. Several other associate faculty members are based at institutions outside SANBI but work closely with SANBI on projects through which they share funding.
Post doctoral fellows conduct research, assist with training and proposal and grant writing. Each post doctoral fellow reports to his or her faculty member. To support its capacity building activities, SANBI offers Honors modules, Masters and PhD degree certification through the University.
Human resources, administration staff and personal assistants report through assigned faculty or to the director of the institute. Several skilled IT staff support the internal IT infrastructure, as well as the bioinformatics tools and services offered by SANBI to external clients.
The SANBI faculty conducts high quality scientific research, through international collaboration with partner organisations. This provides an environment to stimulate the development of its students and encourages them to strive for excellence. Students are encouraged to participate in workshops and conferences, relevant to their research projects. This participation exposes SANBI students to the international scientific community, enabling them to establish networks and improve the standard of their work.