The SEER Lab has partnered with the Department of Emerging Bacterial Infections, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research to provide the Kyrgyz Institute of Biotechnology, a part of the Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciences, with a two-week workshop on molecular pathogen characterization and phylogenetics/phylogeography. Funded by WRAIR through the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency, participants will work with SEER Lab and WRAIR trainers to learn PCR and genotyping techniques that will enhance the diagnostic and strain characterization capacity of the IBT and strengthen ongoing collaborative projects between the SEER Lab and IBT. Over the past year, SEER Lab and IBT have been collaborating on a livestock anthrax mapping and modeling project employing GIS, remote sensing and historical outbreak data. That project, supported by CRDF Global and the US State Department, will improve our ability to identify at risk areas for livestock anthrax in Kyrgyzstan and provide insights into disease persistence. This current workshop will focus on molecular diagnostics and genotyping to better understand pathogen dynamics in Kyrgyzstan. We will also include a workshop on GIS for phylogenetics that will focus on methods to map genetic data to the landscape. The workshop will be co-sponsored by the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute for laboratory training and the UF Department of Geography for GIS training related to mapping strains on the landscape.
To inquire about these workshops or to request similar workshops for your institution contact
Dr. Jason Blackburn, Ph.D. 352-294-7501
Photos (C) Jason K. Blackburn. Map produced by Jason K. Blackburn and IBT personnel.