Africa Phage Forum

The mission of Africa Phage Forum (APF) is to provide a platform that encourages scholarship, collaboration and mentorship among researchers and for the advancement of phage research in Africa. The membership of APF cuts across undergraduates, postgraduates and established researchers at various stages of their career. To stimulate scholarship, education is key. To this end, APF has to hold monthly webinars where established phage researchers from all over the world will share their works and encourage cross-pollination of ideas.

This webinar series is the educational arm of APF through which we hope to achieve one of our goal. We hope that through these webinars, phage research in Africa will receive a boost from ground to top.

For sponsorship and research opportunities please write to africaphageforum@gmail.com

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What is the Africa Phage Forum?

Africa Phage Forum events will occur throughout 2021, and we will send you event details a week before the event.

Upcoming Seminars

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Practical challenges and possible solutions in phage research. A question and answer session

Date:

Friday, April 23, 2021 4pm GMT / 7pm EAT

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Dr. Jesca Nakavuma

Veterinarian, Senior Lecturer, Microbiologist, and Former Deputy Principal of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity at Makerere University, Uganda, East Africa

Previous Seminars

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From the environment to bedside: Understanding the basics of phage therapy research

Date:

Thursday, January 14, 4pm GMT / 11am EST

The endpoint for phage research is to get it to the bedside for clinical phages or to formulate a product that will meet the needs of the end user. What are the basics involved from isolation of phages from the environment to getting it to a final product? The Africa Phage Forum (APF) therefore invites you to a webinar on the topic " From the environment to the bedside: Understanding the basics of phage therapy research"

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Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology Faculty, Yale School of Medicine

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Basics of phage genome annotation and classification - how to get started

Date:

Monday, February 15, 4pm GMT / 11am Eastern

Isolating a new bacteriophage is the first step in an exciting journey, not just in the laboratory, but also computationally. In this seminar, I will provide a basic guide into the steps involved in phage genome sequencing, annotation and classification.

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Evelien Adriaenssens Profile Image

I am a Group Leader at the Quadram Institute Bioscience in Norwich (UK). I’m interested in phage discovery, genomics, taxonomy and viromics, and lead a group that investigates the role of phages in the human gut. Before starting my own group, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria in South Africa on the diversity of viruses in desert soils, and later at the University of Liverpool on the use of viromics methods to trace pathogenic viruses across the aquatic environment. 
I am currently the Chair of the Bacterial Viruses Subcommittee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV).