Category: News

We’re hiring postdocs

Update (July 7, 2021) These postdoc positions are currently filled, but we’d still like to hear from you if you are interested in our work. So please drop us a line. *** The Grubaugh Lab at the Yale School of Public Health is seeking 1-2 postdocs to help lead multidisciplinary projects in virus genomic epidemiology…
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Teaming up with the NBA

In June 2020, we formed a collaboration with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Players Association (NBPA) to develop a new saliva-based SARS-CoV-2 test (SalivaDirect) and to uncover key aspects of viral replication and transmission. Here is a selection of some of the news articles: YSPH Magazine: YSPH-NBA Partnership Key to Success of New…
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Tracking COVID-19 outbreaks in the NFL

An interview with Joseph Fauver by the Wall Street Journal outlines how we used genomic sequencing to track the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in NFL facilities. Article: Decoding an Outbreak: How Covid-19 Ripped through the Baltimore Ravens By Andrew BeatonPublished on Dec. 11, 2020 9:05 am ET

Márcio the MinION Master

**One of our primary missions is to provide training for researches on how to sequence viruses and analyze genetic data. We either bring students to our lab for internships or help set up capabilities in host institutions. This is our first “bootcamp” where Márcio Junio Lima Siconelli, a master student at the University of São…
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White Tears: Chronic Lyme Disease

In today’s news, the lines between fact and fiction are blurred, leaving people susceptible to false claims, ideas, and opinions. The power to craft these narratives lies in the hands of the most powerful and privileged members of our community. At times, these false stories become the foundation of beliefs that shape our government, economy,…
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Study WNV? We need your help!

Update: The project now has a website – WestNile4k.org/ If you do West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance or have a freezer full of old field-collected WNV samples, we need your help. Kristian Andersen, Ryan Smith, and myself (plus others) are organizing a large WNV phylogenetics study – spanning the entire US – to answer some fundamental…
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Zika outbreak in Cuba

Summary: Using local and travel-associated case reporting from American and European public health systems, we identified an unreported Zika outbreak in Cuba during 2017. Virus sequencing from travelers revealed that the Zika outbreak in Cuba was sparked by multiple introductions of the virus from elsewhere in the Caribbean and Central America during 2016 that persisted…
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The Red Queen’s race

Alice did all she could to keep up with that damn rabbit. Her curiosity kept leading her into deeper trouble, but through sheer will, some wit, and a dose of dumb luck, she always managed to get away. Even in this crazy Wonderland, there was one constant: when she ran, she got somewhere, regardless if…
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The Zika circuit

For much of its known existence, the mosquito-borne Zika virus was limited to parts of Africa and Asia. It took 50 or more years to reach the Americas (first detected in 2015), but then its pace quickly accelerated, spreading throughout the Western Hemisphere within about a year. Clearly, our vast travel networks and heavily urbanized…
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