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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COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 Resources

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 is rapidly escalating emergency. To gain insights into the emergence, spread, transmission, and evolution of the virus, we are working with a large number of public health agencies, hospitals, biotech, and academic partners. With funding from the CDC and NIH, we are sequencing hundreds of samples a week and all the data are made publicly available without delay.

In response to the emergence of new variants of SARS-CoV-2, we have started making daily reports on the most relevant of these circulating in the U.S., including the B.1.1.7 (“UK”) variant of concern and the B.1.429 (“CA”) variant of interest. Please note, that this is still work in progress – you can access the reports here: https://outbreak.info/situation-reports/.

On December 30, together with our collaborators at UCSD, we first observed the B.1.1.7 lineage in San Diego from a sample taken on December 29 as part of the UCSD Return to Learn program.

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Launch of outbreak.info variant tracking

The Center for Viral Systems Biology (CViSB) at Scripps Research is tracking the prevalence of new variants of SARS-CoV-2—the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic—and making this information publicly available to drive global research efforts. The daily situation reports appear on Outbreak.info, a website created by the same team in early 2020, shortly after the emergence of COVID-19. The new reports add to the website’s…
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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…)