Advances in next generation sequencing has revolutionized our understanding of infectious disease. Early studies, focusing on a single species representative are beginning to be surpassed by larger comparative studies involving tens or even hundreds of species representatives that seek to identify novel determinants of infection and virulence. This course is aimed at highlighting advances in genomics technologies and how their application is driving innovations in our understanding of infectious disease. Each class will feature a guest speaker followed by student paper presentations and discussions, covering a range of organisms from bacteria and fungal pathogens to single celled and multi-cellular parasites. Course grades will be based on presentations, participation in discussions as well as a written report based on an assignment that will serve to expand students knowledge and use of genomics based resources.

Coordinator: Dr. John Parkinson
Dates: November - December, 2017