The largest genomics facility in Africa

We are have launched of the largest and most advanced state-of-the-art laboratory in Africa and part of our vision is to create the most affordable genomic services to drive high-level science and epidemic response in Africa.

Genomics in real-time to advance vaccines, diagnostics and treatments

Our DNA sequencer fleet includes two Novaseq 6000s, two Nextseq 2000, three Miseqs, two GridIons (ONT) and two large Sanger sequencers. This allow genomic data from humans, animals, plants and microbes to be produced locally at optimal cost.

Supporting Africa and the world on Genomics Surveillance & Epidemic Response

Here you can learn more about how we support many collaborators with genomics, bioinformatics and phenotyping services in Africa and around the world.


CERI provides genomics services for > 20 countries. We have very efficient systems for sample transport, storage, data generation and analysis. Please contact us to enquire about genomics services and pricing.


CERI has a collaborative platform with key stakeholders to support the the implementation of genomics techniques in the global south. We collaborate with 100s of partners and are always keen to look for more ideas that can give rise to grants and collaboration.


We share our data in real time. SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogen sequencing is provided in real-time to 21 African countries as part of collaborative programs (e.g. Africa CDC/WHO PGI, Rockefeller Genomics Africa, NGS-SA, NGS-BRICS, NIH CREID UWARN, Abbott APCD, etc).


We  have a large team of data scientists that work closely with national, continental and international partners  to provide detailed data analysis  – see our publications section


We have access to large bioinformatics servers and the fastest internet ring in Africa in collaboration with the data centre of the SAMRC


CERI follows ISO15189 accreditation system. At present, HIV drug resistance, SARS-CoV-2 qPCR and SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequencing have been accredited. Contact us for clinical genomics services.

CERI’s genomics lab opening by president of South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa and the minister of High-Education, Science and Innovation, Dr. Blade Nzimande opened the new CERI’s genomics centre in January 2021. The South African government invested in the BMRI building at Stellenbosch University 300 million rands to create an state-of-the-art scientific environment to fight the most pressing diseases in Africa.

CERI is recognised by the AfricaCDC & WHO as an advanced genomics facility in Africa.

CERI is one of three specialised genomics and bioinformatics facility of the Africa CDC and WHO AFRO. CERI provide genomics sequencing and training to dozens of African countries. Together with The Rockefeller Foundation, AfricaCDC and WHO, CERI has launched a the Genomics Africa fellowship program that will fund 100 fellows in Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Dr. Blade Nzomande at CERI labs at BMRI building at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Stellebosch University.