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Professor Nicola Mulder BSc (Hons) PhD (Cape Town)

Computational Biology Group

Nicola Mulder

Head of Division, Computational Biology, Department of Integrative Biomedical Sciences, & Member of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town; PI H3ABioNet Bioinformatics Network

The Computational Biology (CBIO) Division is the centre of Bioinformatics activities at the University of Cape Town. It aims to perform world-class bioinformatics research and provide high quality bioinformatics education, training and services. Nicola Mulder’s main research interests lie in the areas of genomics and its application to human diseases of relevance to Africa.

Pathogen Genomics

The group is working on pan genome analysis of Pneumococcal genomes to determine the mechanism of carriage. We have also developed a graph-based approach for the analysis of different strains of bacterial pathogens and applied this to Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

African population genetics and diseases

The group has developed new algorithms and tools for the analysis of African genetic data. We have developed expertise in GWAS and population genetics and run an imputation service for H3Africa researchers. We also collaborate with researchers to use GWAS data to study the genetic determinants of disease. The group forms the central node for H3ABioNet, the pan African bioinformatics network for H3Africa. The network is building capacity for genomics research in Africa and develops data standards and tools for the data.


The group works with collaborators to analyse microbiome data related to various diseases. We have developed containerized workflows for this analysis as well as for the analysis of whole genome shotgun metagenomics data. We have also developed a new tool for the analysis of metaproteomic data.

Bioinformatics tools and support

In addition to research, we provide bioinformatics services to other researchers in the Institute and beyond. We have developed workflows for genomics-related data analysis, including GWAS, NGS and variant calling, RNASeq, 16S rRNA analysis, and WGS metagenomics. We also develop new algorithms and visualisation tools, including those for pan-genome analysis. We work collaboratively with researchers requiring help with general bioinformatics problems and large-scale data analysis.



For an up to date publication list see: http://www.cbio.uct.ac.za/mulder


Contact details:

Computational Biology Group
Room N1.05, Wernher & Beit North
Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
Observatory 7925
South Africa

Tel:  +27 21 406 6058
Email: nicola.mulder@uct.ac.za

Alternate site: www.cbio.uct.ac.za/cbio/people/staff


Group members:

Staff:  http://www.cbio.uct.ac.za/cbio/people/staff

Postdoctoral fellows and students:  http://www.cbio.uct.ac.za/cbio/people/students



The CBIO division at UCT leads H3ABionet an NIH-funded Pan African bioinformatics network for H3Africa

Mulder is part of the CINECA project (Common Infrastructure for National Cohorts in Europe, Canada, and Africa) with 17 partners in Europe and Canada.