Cape Town, South Africa

Established in September 2007 with the aim to specifically strengthen the ICGEB activities on the African Continent, the focus of the research undertaken at the Cape Town Component is geared to address key needs of the African population. Each activity contains a major training component aimed at tackling some of the key issues identified through the Gates Foundation Millennium Development Goals. Currently, the premises of the ICGEB Cape Town Component cover around 1,200 square metres of the University of Cape Town, Health Science Faculty Campus, and host the activity of six Research Groups. 

Rm S2.19, Wernher and Beit Building (South)
UCT Medical Campus
Anzio Road
Observatory 7925
Cape Town
Tel: +27-21-406 6335
Fax: +27-21-406 6060
[email protected]

Scientific Faculty

Stefano Cacciatore

Dennis Obonyo Ndolo

Cancer Genomics
Luiz Zerbini

Virology – Emerging Viruses
Georgia Schafer

Infectious Diseases
Nyaradzo Chigorimbo-Tsikiwa

Plant Systems Biology
Lara Donaldson


Acting Director

Luiz Zerbini, PhD
Tel: +27-21-650 7627
Email: [email protected] [email protected]

Claudia Russo
PA to the Director & Focal Point: Outreach and External Communications
Tel: +27-21-406 6335
Email: [email protected]

General Administration

Mpho Saruchera
Administrative Officer
Email: [email protected]

Nikki Dearham
Tel: +27-21-404 7644
Email: [email protected]

Nurhaan Larnie
Human Resources Assistant
Tel: +27-21-650 1937
Email: [email protected]

Shereen Smith  
Accounts Assistant
Tel: +27-21-650 2212
Email: [email protected]

Karin Trussell 
Senior Procurement Assistant
Tel: +27-21-406 6136
Email: [email protected]

Technical Services

Reagon Petersen
Head of Technical Services
Tel: +27-21-650 7688
Email: [email protected]

Justin Henry 
Tel: +27-21-650 6136
Email: [email protected]