South African National Bioinformatics Institute, South Africa
Professor Christoffels is the director of South African National Bioinformatics Institute based at the University of the Western Cape, and the director of the SA Medical Research Council Bioinformatics Unit. He holds the DST/NRF Research Chair in Bioinformatics and Health Genomics. His research focuses on infectious diseases and specifically building computational tools for analyzing high throughput genomics data such COMBAT-TB (http://combattb.org). Among his software tools is the Baobab Laboratory Information Management System used by biobanks in Africa (http://baobablims.org). His research feeds into policy advocacy initiatives including Global emerging pathogen treatment consortium (www.getafrica.org), and the data governance expert panel member for the African Academy of Sciences.