GCID Viral Projects
Humans are constantly exposed to a plethora of viruses that cause disease. Highly infectious pathogens such as influenza virus, rotavirus, enteroviruses, and respiratory syncytial virus are a persistent public health concern. Recent outbreaks caused by West Nile, Zika, and other viruses remind us of the ongoing threat posed by emerging and re-remerging viruses. The viral GCID projects at the JCVI focus on defining the genomes of viruses and characterizing virus-host interactions to better understand viral evolution, elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms that cause disease, and aid in the development of novel vaccines and therapeutics.
Genomics of Chikungunya Virus
Sequencing Chikungunya virus genomes isolated from the Western hemisphere during the 2014 Caribbean outbreak