September 13-15, 2017: La Red Network Viral Informatics Training

Dr. Karina del Carmen Trujillo Murillo and Maria del Pilar Ramos Cervantes visited the Rockville, MD campus of the JCVI from Sept. 13-15, 2017. They are researchers from Mexico, associated with the La Red Network. La Red is a collaboration between the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the Mexican Ministry of Health, created to conduct clinical research addressing emerging threats, increase scientific knowledge, and directly contribute to improved clinical management of infectious diseases of public health importance. La Red provided Zika virus samples from Mexico for sequencing, which was facilitated by Dr. John Beigel, who manages the La Red program at NIAID.

Dr. Trujillo and Ms. Cervantes underwent an intense three days training course covering unix basics, viral sequence assembly, and bioinformatic data analysis. The goal of the workshop was to provide them with the knowledge to employ these techniques at their home institution in Mexico. Performing the training on the JCVI side were Paolo Amedeo, Nadia Fedorova, Brett Pickett, and Gene Tan. The JCVI team will continue to provide support to Dr. Trujillo and Ms. Cervantes as they bring nucleic acid sequencing platforms online in the future.

Dr. Beigel also joined the workshop for a productive discussion on future collection sequencing.