Pathogen Discovery

The Pathogen discovery research group established in 2011 is composed of researchers with academic degree specialized to different sections of microbiology. The group is intent on describing newly emerging pathogens including viruses, bacteria and protozoans and investigating the genetic diversity of species by next generation sequencing. The method of genomic epidemiology promote the better understanding of the genetic characteristics of the pathogens and provide deeper insight into the route of transmission and the evolutionary mechanisms. Identification of the causal agent of infections is often complicated since several pathogen could form diseases together. However, analysing whole genome sequences could reveal viruses and microorganisms associated with infectious diseases. Applying metagenomics approach, defining and comparing the composition of microbial community of healthy and infected animals is greatly advancing our knowledge about the etiology of these diseases.

Senior research fellow