The COVID-19 pandemic has driven global coordination of SARS-CoV-2 resequencing to understand emergence, evolution, and transmission of the virus.
To date, more than one million sequences have been deposited into global databases from all corners of the world. The approaches developed for rapid data generation and distribution have great potential for repurposing for other purposes, including environmental surveillance.
This presentation will discuss our current work spanning both pathogen genomics and environmental DNA, and outline needs in order to drive global efforts for biodiversity monitoring.
Peter Thielen is a molecular biologist with a focus on the use of genomics and novel model systems to understand complex biological processes. His research has spanned the fields of neurodegeneration, pathogen genomics, synthetic biology, the human microbiome, and environmental genomics. He currently leads several projects focusing on genomics applications development using long- and short-read sequencing platforms to study viruses, complex biological communities, and plant genomes, with a major focus on operationalizing genomics technologies to enable near real-time decision making.