About the founder of Synbio Africa (SBA)

Otim Geoffrey, MSc.

He is the Founder and CEO of SynBio Africa which is the first Synthetic biology community in Africa and Instructor for iGEM Makerere University Team.

He has received two times, the Biosecurity Fellowship from BioBricks Foundation and Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security to go and attend the SB.7 Synthetic Biology and Biosecurity Conference in Singapore (June 2017) and Global synthetic biology summit organized by SynbioBeta in San Francisco, California (Oct 2018). He also participated and presented about the potential benefits of synthetic biology technologies to the conservation of Biodiversity at the UN Convention on Biodiversity which took place in Egypt, October 2018.

He spent more than 10 years doing research and active surveillance on vaccine preventable diseases, (VPDs) especially Polio, Measles and Rubella while working with Uganda Virus Research Institute.

Otim Geoffrey received his bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, a PGD in Health Management and Leadership from Uganda Institute of Allied Health and Management Sciences, Mulago and a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from Mengo Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Technology. He is currently a MSc. Molecular biology and Biotechnology finalist research student at Makerere University, Uganda. His Masters level research project is on assessing the association between single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) in SLC11A1, CARD15 genes and the seropositive status to MAP infection in Ankole cattle.


Synbio Africa is a forum for researchers, students, citizen scientists, policy makers and the public at large to convene and develop successful pathways for the propagation of synthetic biology technologies, products and services throughout Africa.

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