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 approaches 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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Age distribution of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County

To understand the spread of COVID-19 in San Diego, we looked at the age distribution of COVID-19 over time (Figure 1). Data for this analysis was provided by the Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services agency through the San Diego Open GIS Data Portal. The visualization was inspired by Gytis Dudas's…
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New SARS-CoV-2 collaboration funded by the CDC

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scientists at Scripps Research and UC San Diego are sequencing the virus to help guide local outbreak response. (more…)
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New NIAID-funded center established

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the urgent need to protect the world from microbial threats, whenever and wherever they emerge. With a new $8.9 million grant, our lab is partnering with peers in the United States and West Africa, a region of the world where infectious diseases are a high burden on public health. (more…)