CIIE-supported phylogenetics workshop in Kenya

On 16-17 June 2014, CIIE supported phylogenetic analysis workshop took place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, in conjunction with the Urban Zoonoses project.

The two day workshop was led by Dr. Melissa Ward, a CIIE Research Fellow, whose project involves analysing pathogen genetic sequence data collected in Kenya as part of the Urban Zoonoses study. Workshop participants attended lectures and computer-based practical sessions on using phylogenetics to understand the transmission of infectious disease between host species. The aim of the workshop was to show how state-of-the-art phylogenetic methods will be used to shed light on important source populations for bacterial disease in low-income areas of Nairobi, and to equip participants with the skills to perform their own such analyses in the future. The workshop was attended by 25 participants from ILRI, the Kenyan Medical Research Institute and the University of Nairobi.

Thanks to CIIE, Prof. Eric Fèvre, Dr. George Michuki, Victoria Kyallo, Linda Njeri and the Urban Zoonoses project for assistance in making this workshop possible.

Urban Zoonoses project

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