Two Fellowships were awarded in 2007 – to Professors Winston Hide and Jeff Guy.
Hide was the founder and a Director of the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) at the University of the Western Cape and received the Award for his leading role in establishing SANBI and developing the field of Bioinformatics in South Africa and on the African continent. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the Harvard School of Public Health and heads-up a research group that focuses on the discovery of genes, pathways and processes that cause diseases and the provision of effective and suitable therapies to address them. Said Hide of the benefits of the Fellowship “This Award has generated more than simple exposure – it has provided me with an unparallelled opportunity for personal, scientific and academic growth. It will have a multiplying effect on scientific development at institutions in South Africa. It also means that I can deliver freely and rapidly on scientific goals, compete with the best in the USA and show leadership at home.” His group works in collaboration with SANBI, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and other agencies involved in genomics world-wide.
Professor Hide holds a BSc Hons from University College Cardiff and obtained his PhD at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1991. He joined SANBI in 1996 and also served as a Kerr International Fellow at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and as a Director of the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative for a period of five years prior to taking-up his current post at Harvard.