Ngoni Faya is Genomics Aotearoa’s Training Coordinator, tasked with supporting and building capacity and capability in bioinformatics for New Zealand.
Based at the University of Otago, he will be working with Genomics Aotearoa partners across New Zealand to develop resources and technologies that provide international level training for genomics and bioinformatics. The aim is to give biologists the training opportunities they need to analyse their own data sets, as well as facilitating the computing platforms and infrastructure required in their projects.
To achieve Genomics Aotearoa’s goals, he will be working with researchers across different disciplines, maximising everyone’s strengths to conduct carpentries as well as specialised bioinformatics topics.
Information on upcoming workshops will be posted on our website and links will be provided for past workshops resources.
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Ngoni has a BSc (Hons.) in Biochemistry and a MSc in Bioinformatics form the Universities of Fort Hare and Rhodes respectively in South Africa. After his MSc studies, he worked one year as a system administrator and bioinformatics tutor for Rhodes University Bioinformatics Research Unit. He went on to do his PhD in genetics at Massey University (Palmerston North) where he was looking into the reproductive and venom systems of a wasp, nasonia vitripennis. He was also employed as a teaching assistant for Biology of Cells and Genome Analysis courses.
Ngoni’s areas of expertise:
- RNA-seq DNA-seq analysis
- Python programming and bash scripting
- RNA interference
Ngoni writes about how his passion turned into a career