Epidemiologists help us to understand where infectious diseases originate, how they spread and what strategies might help to mitigate their negative impacts.
In this workshop, students solve a fictional outbreak case using real-world epidemiological tools to compare DNA sequences and to create a phylogenetic tree. Analyzing this information reveals how viruses can spread through a community.
The genomic tools that students utilize in this workshop are being used to monitor and mitigate the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Applying their knowledge of DNA and mutation to this simulated outbreak allows students to experience how important genetics is to everyday life.