CDC Bioinformatics Fellowship

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The ID is responsible for surveillance of influenza viruses, both seasonal and those with pandemic potential. The ID utilizes Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) both internally and through national and international partners to monitor for genetic changes in these viruses to develop risk assessments and recommend vaccine components to the World Health Organization.

Research Project: To help accomplish this goal, the selected participant will join the Influenza Division, Virology, Surveillance and Diagnosis Branch’s Bioinformatics Team. Under the guidance of a mentor, opportunities include:

  • Contributing to the development of user-friendly software for local and cloud deployment of viral NGS assembly, annotation, quality control and public database submission.
  • Building bioinformatic pipelines that help laboratory scientists prioritize phenotypic experiments through phylogenetics, variant analyses and other epidemiological criteria.
  • Contributing to maintenance, testing and development of automated production-scale NGS bioinformatics pipelines
  • Performing quality assessments and assembly optimization of NGS data from long-read sequencers from Oxford Nanopore Technologies and PacBio.
  • Participating in the development of solutions for integration and analyses of sequencing, phenotypic and epidemiological data.

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