The OpenPlant Fund supported TReND in Africa to include plant synthetic biology in their recent bioinformatics course held at icipe in Kenya. The course was a great success with 35 students selected from a total of 430 applicants. They learnt R and Unix programming basics, as well as advanced genomics techniques from a number of different areas of biology.
The plant synthetic biology session was delivered by Richard Smith-Unna (@blahah404), a PhD Student in the OpenPlant-affiliated Hibberd Lab at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.
TReND’s Jelena Aleksic recorded interviews with participants who described their experience of the course, you can view the playlist below and find more about TReND in Africa’s activities on their website.