Andersen Lab

We are using infectious disease genomics to investigate how pathogenic viruses such as Zika, West Nile, Ebola, Lassa, and SARS-CoV-2 emerge and cause large-scale outbreaks. Using a combination of computational biology, experimentation, and field work, our hope is to transform outbreak response and change the way we develop vaccines and therapeutics.

Andersen Lab at Scripps Research

Welcome to the Andersen Laboratory

At the Andersen Lab at Scripps Research we try to understand questions such as: how do viruses emerge, spread, evolve, and go from causing small-scale outbreaks to large-scale epidemics? How can we diagnose them better and discover novel ones? How do they develop resistance to countermeasures and what molecular and immunological factors govern the underlying mechanisms? Critically, by addressing these questions, can we develop new and effective vaccines and medicines, while informing outbreak responses? The research in our laboratory is aimed at tackling these questions using an integrated approach of computation, experimentation, genomics, and large-scale data analysis. We also more broadly employ quantitative approached across scientific disciplines, ranging from microbiology to human immunology and genetics.

The Andersen Laboratory was established at Scripps Research in the summer of 2015 in beautiful La Jolla, California. We are strong proponents of open data and open science, and we are big believers in collaborating across scientific disciplines. To this end, we are actively engaged in several of our research initiatives, including the Global Health Initiative at Scripps Research, the Center for Viral Systems Biology, the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium, the West African Emerging Infectious Disease Research Center, and the WestNile 4K Project.

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Narrative 1 | Genomic Epi in San Diego

To gain insights into the the emergence, spread, and transmission of COVID-19 in our community, we are working with a large number of partners to sequence SARS-CoV-2 samples from infected patients in San Diego. This is our first preliminary analysis. (more…)
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New CViSB collaboration funded

A $1.3 million dollar grant supplement awarded to our CViSB center will fund a new collaboration with Lauren Gardner at Johns Hopkins University and Marc Suchard at UCLA to analyze the spread and evolution of SARS-CoV-2. CViSB's renowned data scientists will design the computational models and visualization software necessary to combine layers of data into one larger picture to explore…

CViSB Systems Biology Workshop

We are pleased to announce the 2nd annual CViSB Systems Biology workshop February 24-26, 2020 in La Jolla, CA. This two-and-a-half day workshop will emphasize computational systems biology approaches to improved understanding of host response to viral infection, across a spectrum of methods and applications.  (more…)