Presented By: Harm van Bakel
Speaker Biography: Harm van Bakel, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and co-director of the Mount Sinai Health System Pathogen Surveillance Program. His research interests are focused on applying novel genomics technologies to fundamental problems in infectious disease to understand pathogen-host interactions and the molecular basis of evolution and transmission of viruses and bacteria, to ultimately provide insights into new treatment options and approaches to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Webinar: SARS-CoV-2 – Dynamics of the COVID-19 Epidemic
Webinar Abstract: The global pandemic of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by Severe Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has highlighted the importance of surveillance efforts to closely monitor the transmission and evolution of viral pathogens. I will present how the Mount Sinai Health System Pathogen Surveillance Program has applied high-throughput sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 genomes from COVID-19 patients, in combination with molecular epidemiology, to identify the timing and origins of early introductions of SARS-CoV-2 in the New York City metropolitan area and its continued spread. NYC was one of the first affected large cities in the world and an early epicenter of the pandemic. I will further outline how genomic technologies can be applied to precisely delineate outbreaks in quarantine and healthcare settings.
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