UBC webinar about COVID-19 sequencing in New Zealand on May 10

UBC webinar about COVID-19 sequencing in New Zealand on May 10

The Utrecht Bioinformatics Center is happy to announce their next online seminar on Monday May 10 (16:00-17:30). Joep de Ligt and Pjotr Prins will present their work on COVID-19 sequencing in New Zealand and the PubSeq SARS-CoV-2 public sequence resource that originated from an online biohackathon last year.

To attend the webinar, please send an email to Adrien Melquiond

Joep de Ligt is the science lead genomics and bioinformatics at New Zealand’s ESR and heavily involved in the genomic sequencing of the Covid 19 virus. He also assists in informed virus spread epidemiology and contact tracing. Joep is of the opinion that SARS-CoV-2 sequencing and accompanying results should be available to everyone on the planet. New Zealand benefits from sequences uploaded by individual labs world-wide and ESR contributes to PubSeq metadata efforts and online sequence uploading using the Oxford Nanopore sequencer, with the goal of enabling sequencing everywhere.

Pjotr Prins is an assistant professor in Genetics, Genomics and Informatics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. UTHSC supports FAIR data initiatives and actively uses PubSeq to build phylogenetic trees. In the context of PubSeq Pjotr and colleagues also contribute to new pangenome methods that benefit from open data exchange.

Joep and Pjotr are former members of UBC and still help organise their award winning Advanced Bioinformatics Course at CSND every year.


PubSeq: https://covid19.genenetwork.org/
Joep: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=z2edTLkAAAAJ&hl=en
Pjotr home: https://thebird.nl/