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Jyothi Purushotham and Holly Lutz recognized for career accomplishments

Congratulations to Jyothi Purushotham and Holly Lutz, two Andersen Lab postdoctoral researchers who recently received awards recognizing significant achievements in their respective areas of study. Jyothi Purushotham, PhD, was awarded the International Biomedical Research Alliance’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award, an honor that aims to recognize those who embody scientific innovation and collaboration through significant early career discoveries. As an NIH-Oxford…
October 11, 2022
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Scripps Research receives $2.5M CDC contract for SARS-CoV-2 surveillance program

A team led by the Andersen Lab has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in support of one of the largest SARS-CoV-2 surveillance programs in the United States. The two-year, $2.5 million contract will fund the large-scale, near real-time sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 isolates from hospitals and local public health agencies in San…
October 10, 2022
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WARN-ID Genomic Epidemiology Training Lays Groundwork for Future Research

WARN-ID recently concluded a six-week genomic epidemiology training of  44 trainees across seven countries. The training was composed of three modules aimed at meeting the immediate need for SARS-CoV-2 sequencing, while also providing a vital foundation in genomics and bioinformatics for future development.  26 pre-recorded lecture videos, didactic sessions, office hours, supplemental materials, and ongoing support through a dedicated Slack…
October 3, 2022
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Lassa virus ecology study out in Nature Comms

New analysis by scientists at Scripps Research and University of Brussels finds that climate change and other factors could soon make deadly Lassa fever a much bigger public health problem in Africa. In the study, which appeared on September 27, 2022, in Nature Communications, scientists analyzed decades of environmental data associated with Lassa virus outbreaks, revealing temperature, rainfall and the presence…
October 3, 2022
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SARS-CoV-2 studies from the Middle East out in Nature Comms

Understanding the global transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is critical for rapidly containing and handling the virus, especially as new variants and mutations of concern emerge. Certain regions in the world, including the Middle East and Northern Africa region, have been notoriously understudied and under-sampled. For the first time, Scripps Research scientists and collaborators unveil how the virus spreads in this region…
September 3, 2022
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SARS-CoV-2 ‘origin’ studies out in Science

The COVID-19-causing coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, likely first spread to humans from animals in two separate transmission events in a Wuhan market in late November 2019, according to a pair of analyses by international teams co-led by Scripps Research scientists. The analyses, published July 26, 2022 in Science and released in earlier, pre-print versions in February, were based mainly on the locations of cases…
July 29, 2022
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SARS-CoV-2 surveillance study out in Nature

It can be a bit smellier than other ways of monitoring COVID-19, but analyzing wastewater is a cheaper, faster and more accurate way for public health officials and researchers to detect rising cases. Bits and pieces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are flushed down toilets and washed down sinks by infected individuals; more copies of the virus found in sewage means…
July 13, 2022
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Welcome 2022 interns!

The Andersen Lab would like to officially introduce and welcome eight summer interns selected from two programs offered by Scripps Research and the Scripps Research Translational Institute! Our interns are working closely with a mentor on either a wet lab or computational project to learn about the methods we use to study the emergence, spread, and occurrence of infectious diseases. Selected from a…
July 13, 2022