SEMINAR ON MinION PORTABLE SEQUENCING

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Talk 1: Field-deployable genomic surveillance to guide rabies elimination.
Dr Kirstyn Brunker, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine,
University of Glasgow

Dr Kirstyn Brunker is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow. Her research
involves exploring how genetic data can enhance pathogen surveillance systems, with a particular focus on rabies virus. This has involved developing a lab-in-a-suitcase based approach, utilising portable real-time MinION sequencing, to build sequencing capacity in areas with minimal laboratory infrastructure.

 

Talk 2: Real time sequencing and genomic epidemiology of arboviruses
Dr Sarah Hill, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.

Dr Sarah Hill is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Oxford, UK (Department
of Zoology). Sarah uses the Nanopore MinION technology to generate whole genome sequence
data from a variety of rapidly evolving RNA viruses, including yellow fever virus, Zika virus and
avian influenza A virus. She applies phylodynamic analyses tools to these genomic data in order to track viral spread over space and time.

 

Talk 3: Extracting maximum benefit from virus genome data
Dr Robert Gifford, MRC- Centre for Virus Research, University of Glasgow.

Dr Robert Gifford uses genomic data to study viral evolution. He initially studied Zoology at
Glasgow University, and moved toward virology and evolutionary biology during postgraduate
studies at Imperial College in London. His current research focuses on the development of software tools that facilitate the use of genomic data to study and monitor viruses.

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