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Public Health Genomics

The Center for Public Health Genomics is focused on the application of NextGen sequencing (NGS) on issues of public health importance. In particular, its aims are to develop methods to:

  • Enhance the detection, diagnosis and tracking of bacterial, viral and fungal disease outbreaks.
  • Improve the detection of drug-resistant variants and identification of new agents of disease.
  • Enable the characterization and differentiation of organisms at a level not possible with existing technologies.
  • Develop screening and confirmatory tests for genetic disorders of newborns that would not be possible with established methods.
  • Provide the rapid monitoring and response to public health emergencies that only an on-site, dedicated facility can provide.
  • Provide essential expertise for validation of consumer point-of-service genetic testing, proficiency testing and regulation of NGS laboratory testing. 

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