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Five Years of CViSB

CViSB is 5 years old as of this February! Looking back, we have made significant strides toward our goal of identifying the human and viral factors that determine the outcome of infection with Lassa, Ebola, and SARS-CoV-2 viruses.  CViSB’s multi-disciplinary team has collected clinical, immunological, and genomic data, combined multi-omics technologies  and applied high-throughput (HTP) experiments to our unique patient…
Michelle McGraw
March 24, 2023

NIAID’s Data Dissemination Working Group aims to open biomedical data to the world

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the research community has responded by sharing an unprecedented amount of data publicly, including millions of SARS-CoV-2 sequences, protein crystal structures, and in vitro assays which have allowed us to rapidly develop new diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines. Despite the widespread enthusiasm of the research community to share data publicly, however, disseminating and finding…
Michelle McGraw
March 6, 2023 featurePress ReleasePublication

Two new papers demonstrate use of as one-stop online source for COVID data

While COVID-19 may be transitioning from a “pandemic” to an “endemic” phase, it remains critically important to continue tracking the virus in real-time. In two new papers published in Nature Methods on Feb. 23, 2023, scientists at Scripps Research demonstrate the use of as a standardized, searchable source of information on the COVID-19 virus and its many variants. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began,…
Kristian Andersen
February 23, 2023

Jyothi Purushotham and Holly Lutz recognized for early career accomplishments

Congratulations to Jyothi Purushotham and Holly Lutz, two Andersen Lab postdoctoral researchers who recently received awards recognizing significant achievements in their respective areas of study.  Jyothi Purushotham, PhD, was awarded the International Biomedical Research Alliance’s Outstanding Recent Graduate Award, an honor that aims to recognize those who embody scientific innovation and collaboration through significant early career discoveries. As an NIH-Oxford…
Michelle McGraw
October 12, 2022
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Risk posed by Lassa virus in Africa may dramatically increase over the next 50 years

A CViSB study published in Nature Communications last week characterized the factors that support Lassa virus circulation in West Africa through analyzing environmental data associated with virus occurrence. The research team, led by postdoc Raphaëlle Klitting, utilized ecological niche modeling to pinpoint temperature, precipitation, and the presence of pastureland as key contributors to viral spread. Combining this analysis with projections…
Michelle McGraw
October 5, 2022

The Andersen Lab is hiring a Research Technician

Calling all aspiring infectious disease researchers! The Andersen lab at the Scripps Research Institute seeking a Research Technician to assist with diverse projects using high-throughput sequencing, multi-omics immune profiling, and computational approaches to study emerging viruses and resulting outbreaks of disease. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to contribute to our systems immunology projects for SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens.…
Michelle McGraw
August 1, 2022
Summer interns 2022Training

Welcome Summer Research Interns!

The Andersen Lab would like to officially introduce and welcome eight summer interns selected from two programs offered by Scripps Research and the Scripps Research Translational Institute! Our interns are working closely with a mentor on either a wet lab or computational project to learn about the methods we use to study the emergence, spread, and occurrence of infectious diseases.…
Michelle McGraw
July 12, 2022
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Early detection of SARS-CoV-2 variants in wastewater

The CViSB developed tool, Freyja, is helping scientists detect SARS-COV-2 variants circulating in a community before they appear in clinical tests. As described in the recent Nature publication describing the study,  wastewater sampling is a cheaper, faster, and more accurate way for public health officials and researchers to detect rising cases, and now, it can accurately determine the genetic mixture…
Michelle McGraw
July 11, 2022
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The Andersen Lab is hiring!

Calling all aspiring infectious disease researchers! The Andersen lab at the Scripps Research Institute seeking to hire 1-2 Research Technicians to assist with our diverse projects using high-throughput sequencing and computational approaches to study emerging viruses and the outbreaks they cause, including SARS-CoV-2, Lassa, Ebola, West Nile, and Zika. This full time position in beautiful La Jolla, California will provide…
Michelle McGraw
June 20, 2022
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Collaboration with GISAID to release API

The Center for Viral Systems Biology (CViSB) at Scripps Research is collaborating with GISAID, a global data science initiative that facilitates public access to SARS-CoV-2 genomic data, to effectively track the global evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants on Today, CViSB announces its collaboration with GISAID on an application programming interface (API) that enables access to all processed data on “The API further realizes…
Michelle McGraw
June 13, 2022