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Mak Among Top Ten Winners of 2018 Opentrons + iGEM Team Challenge

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The Makerere University iGEM Team emerged among the top 10 winners of Opentrons OT-2 Robot in the just concluded iGEM Team global Challenge. The OT-2 is a robotic innovation that can automate hundreds of life science protocols and workflows and has high-precision electronic pipettes that can execute liquid transfers as quickly and accurately as robots ten times the price. According to the Opentrons website, the OT-2 costs between US$3,500 and US$5,500.

The Mak team who will be engineering PET plastic degradation pathways in E. coli to solve the waste accumulation problem in developing urban centers will represent Uganda and East Africa in the forthcoming global iGEM (https://igem.org) science competition in the U.S, aimed at promoting Synthetic biology research.

Mr. Otim Geoffrey, Instructor iGEM Makerere Team and Coordinator Synbio Uganda SB.7 Synthetic Biology and Biosecurity Fellow 2017, Singapore.

Mr. Otim Geoffrey, Instructor, iGEM Makerere Team acknowledged the support from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) in promoting this unique science competition to the next level in Africa. The Instructor made the application on behalf of his iGEM Team and Makerere University.

"We are super excited and proud for this first achievement. We therefore call for more support from the University as our team will be traveling to U.S in October for the grand iGEM competition/Jamboree. Our team is the first to participate and represent Makerere University, Uganda and East Africa in this global science competition."

Mr. Otim additionally shared that Twist Bioscience (https://twistbioscience.com) covered the cost of the Mak iGEM Team's registration for the competition to the tune of over UGX20million.

The OT-2 Robot won by Makerere University at the iGEM Team Challenge Image:Opentrons

The selection was based on:

   – Demonstrated technical capability
   – Commitment to Reproducibility
   – Open-source integrations with other hardware and software
   – Impact-full projects that make the world a healthier, happier, more ecologically sustainable place
   – Plans to add protocols to the Opentrons Protocol Library <http://protocols.opentrons.com/> for the entire scientific community to use.

We congratulate the team and wish it good luck

Please follow the link below for more information.
http://blog.opentrons.com/igem_winners_2018/

Article by CoVAB Communications Office pr[at]covab.mak.ac.ug

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Free Online Course: Fundamentals of Pharmacometrics

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Free Online Course: Fundamentals of Pharmacometrics, Sept-Nov 2021, IDI, Makerere University.

The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Makerere University invites graduate students, professionals and researchers in Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Mathematics or Computer Science to register for the 12 week introductory course: Fundamentals of Pharmacometrics, scheduled to run from September to November 2021.

Participants will learn the fundamental principles of pharmacology, biostatistics and mathematical modelling.

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Submit a motivation letter emphasizing any preexisting numerical skills and how the course will benefit you to cwaitt[at]idi.co.ug copying jkaboggoza[at]idi.co.ug.

Please state the email subject as pmxu21

Deadline for applications: 31st July 2021

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PhD scholarships in Social Sciences for 2021/2022

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from suitable candidates from Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania for a fully funded PhD scholarship in Social Sciences for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.
The Scholarship is part of a 6- year project on ‘Building Resilient Communities through Inclusive Education in Eastern Africa’, funded by the Norwegian Development Agency through the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) and implemented by the Department of Social Work, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) in partnership with University of Agder in Norway, University of Rwanda and Institute of Social Work in Tanzania. The objective of the scholarship is to enable academically qualified individuals from vulnerable and marginalised groups and communities that would not afford postgraduate education without support, to attain such an education.
It is expected that upon graduation the students can proactively contribute towards socio-economic transformation of their communities.

Please follow this link for more details about the call.

The closing date for receiving applications is Tuesday August 31st, 2021.

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Masters scholarships in Social Work for the 2021/2022 Academic Year

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The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from suitable candidates from Uganda and Rwanda for a fully-funded Masters scholarship in Social Work for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.

The Scholarship is part of a 6- year project on ‘Building Resilient Communities through Inclusive Education in Eastern Africa’, implemented by the Department of Social Work, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) in partnership with University of Agder in Norway, University of Rwanda and Institute of Social Work in Tanzania. The objective of the scholarship is to enable academically qualified individuals from vulnerable and marginalised groups and communities that would not afford postgraduate education without support, to attain such an education. It is expected that upon graduation scholars hip beneficiaries can proactively contribute towards socio-economic transformation of their communities.

Details can be found by following this link

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