The Scientific Computing Research Unit (SCRU) seeks to appoint a full-time Chief Scientific Officer. The position is centred on supporting Bioinformatics and/or Cheminformatics research and development in the area of Cancer Glycobiology.
Remuneration including benefits: between R443 134 and R521 333.
Closing date: 23 November 2018
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease
Our research groups are mostly interested in the development and application of methods useful to Life Scientists and Material Scientists. They develop computational and informatics software, using methods in applied mathematics and physics to construct algorithmic solutions useful to chemists and biologists.
The Cancer Translational Science Laboratory applies the computation and informatics technologies to provide models for experimental scientists aiming to achieve Translational Research goals in medical and chemical science.
Prof Kevin Naidoo one of twenty of the country’s leading scholars and scientists was inaugurated as a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony on 10 October 2018. He is one of the four UCT scientists honoured by ASSAf.
The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2018 was awarded jointly to cancer researchers James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo who discovered a cancer therapy that works by inhibition of negative immune regulation. Both researchers independently discovered methods of "removing the brakes" or stimulating the immune system to fight cancer - now called immune checkpoint therapy.
One of the proteins responsible, Programmed Death-1 (PD-1) protein, binds sialic acid confirming the critical role of carbohydrates in the fight against cancer (read more about this sialic acid binding immunoglobulin (Ig)-like lectin).