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Pathogen Genomics Program

Next-generation sequencing technologies are beginning to revolutionize pathogen genomics and infectious disease research. To assist UTMB infectious disease investigators in exploiting our recent investments in Illumina and Ion Torrent sequencing, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Naomi Forrester, PhD, to lead a new pathogen genomics effort in the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity. Dr. Forrester will be available to assist IHII investigators in designing experiments as well as analyzing sequence data. She will work closely with the sequencing facility staff as well as our Bioinformatics Program to optimize and customize data generation and analysis pipelines to meet the needs of individual infectious disease projects. Dr. Forrester has strong expertise in viral genomics, and will receive additional training in software to enable analysis of bacterial and parasite genomics, as well as transcriptomics.