We were very pleased to host Brian Arnold from the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, USA. We ate some hipster pizzas at Dough before drinks and conversations about recombination in bacteria!
From Left: Sam Sheppard, Brian Arnold, Ben Pascoe, Leslie Turner, Lauren Cowley, Jess Calland & Sion Bayliss.
Today, our good friend and collaborator Koji Yahara (National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan) came to visit on his May 2017 UK tour. Good times catching up!
From left to right, Harry Thorpe, Ben Pascoe, Guillaume Méric, Evangelos Mourkas, Diego Flores Cuadrado, Koji Yahara, Sam Sheppard.
We are glad to welcome Diana Espadinha (ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, Portugal) and Diego Flórez Cuadrado (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain) to our lab for a research stay with us as part of their PhD studies. Diana will stay 3 weeks, working on Staphylococcus genomics while Diego, for his second stay with us, will spend 3 months working on Campylobacter genomics and antimicrobial resistance. #goodtimes!
Top picture: Diana and Diego, on St. Patrik’s day at the Parade (Uni. of Bath); bottom picture, at the Raven of Bath, from left to right: Ben Pascoe, Evangelos Mourkas, Jean van Elsen, Diego Florez Cuadrado, Diana Espadinha, Jess Calland, Sam Sheppard, Guillaume Méric.
MRC CLIMB fellow, Daniel Falush hosted a well-attended meeting on development of pipelines for bacterial evolutionary genomics at the University of Bath. With attendees from all over the UK, Europe and even Asia (via Skype) the latest techniques for analysis of populations of bacterial genomes were discussed.
Ben Pascoe from the Sheppard Lab has returned from a successful workshop in the Gambia organised with collaborators from MRC CLIMB. The two-day workshop introduced attendees to CLIMB and working with their own VM participants assembled a test set of bacterial genomes, which they analysed to asses quality, type, call MLST sequence types, identify antimicrobial resistance genes and define core and accessory genomes. The visit was enjoyable and with the inauguration of President Adama Barrow tomorrow (18th Feb) these are very exciting times in the Gambia and hopefully the beginning of a fruitful collaboration.
It was a pleasure for us to host Håkan Johansson, as a visiting PhD student working with us on Campylobacter genomics as part of a FORMAS grant with Linnéuniversitetet (Sweden). On the picture below you can see Håkan officially receiving his Visiting Scholar Rubber Duck Award from Sam. Who even got some Rubus chamaemorus jam in return!
A few weeks ago, Sam Sheppard and Guillaume Méric have travelled to Brazil (São Paulo, and Santa Catarina states) to meet with friends and collaborators from the 1st Workshop on “Next Generation Sequencing to improve Livestock Welfare and Food Security” that we had helped organise in October 2015 in São Paulo. Very promising outcomes, stay tuned!
Top right, and just below: Sam and Guillaume giving talks at EMBRAPA, Concordia (SC, Brazil); top left: with Dr Dani Chiebao in SP; bottom: meeting at EMBRAPA with Dr Monica Ledur, Dr Clarissa Vaz, Dr Adriana Ibelli and colleagues.