In remembrance: Dr Gaston Mazandu Kuzamunu

08 October 2021

Dear colleagues and students

It is with immense sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of our colleague, Dr Gaston Mazandu Kuzamunu (52), on 24 September 2021.

Dr Kuzamunu was a senior lecturer and lead developer for the Sickle Africa Data Coordinating Centre in the Division of Human Genetics under the Department of Pathology.

He was a recognised authority in the field of bioinformatics and published a multitude of articles where he applied his mathematics and informatics skills on a wide range of topics, including translational bioinformatics and epidemiology, computational systems biology, comparative and functional genomics, biological ontology, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

He taught thousands of students and supervised more than 30 postgraduates. He recently obtained his own research grants and also received his rating as a researcher from the National Research Foundation for his outstanding contributions to scientific research.

Dr Kuzamunu was very humble and generous to everyone, especially students, and had a great sense of humour.

He is survived by his wife, Marie-Paul and four children, Jemima, Glodi, Keren and Emmanuel.

Dr Kuzamunu was laid to rest on Saturday, 2 October 2021 in Stellenbosch. The memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, 9 October 2021 in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The university has reached out to offer support to Dr Kuzamunu’s family, and our heartfelt condolences go out to them and all who knew him.


The UCT Executive

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