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NGS Workflows for Studying Infectious Disease

C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
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  • Vice President and Distinguished Scientist, Illumina, Inc.
    Biography

      Dr. Schroth is currently a Vice President and Distinguished Scientist at Illumina where he leads the Emerging Applications Group in Product Development. Gary obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Davis and has been working in the field of next-generation sequencing (NGS) for over 15 years as part of Illumina (and Solexa). In his research Gary uses NGS to study genomics, gene structure, expression and regulation and applies this to projects in the fields of cancer, immunology, microbiology and infectious disease. Over the course of his career Dr. Schroth has been an author on more than 100 peer reviewed research papers and holds 17 U.S. patents.


    Abstract

    Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) has been a key technology during the COVIID-19 pandemic and has helped researchers characterize the SARs-CoV-2 genome, perform strain-typing for molecular epidemiology, study host genetics to identify patients with elevated genetic risk, determine effects of co-infections, and monitor host immune response.   In this talk we will give an overview of the key methods used to study the SARS-CoV-2 RNA genome as well as other respiratory pathogens.  We will compare the three main NGS methods for studying RNA viruses: shotgun meta-transcriptome sequencing, targeted RNA enrichment and PCR amplicon methods.  Finally, we will discuss how NGS can be used as a surveillance tool in the future to help control future breakouts.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. NGS enables precision diagnosis and characterization of respiratory pathogens

    2. NGS can be used to understand host genetics, inflammatory and immune response Surveillance using

    3. NGS will be critical to identify and control future pandemics


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