Genomic Surveillance Unit
We are lab scientists, lawyers, analysts, and training specialists focused on the nuts and bolts of genomic surveillance. We specialise in building the right processes, services, and products so that genomic surveillance solutions can scale.
Activities in the Surveillance Operations team are divided roughly into three key areas:
Compliance, Samples and Partner Management
We create, develop, and refine processes, guidance, and standards in order to:
- Establish new collaborations in a structured way
- Stay in touch with global partners
- Enable new partners to supply samples easily and efficiently
- Ensure that our work complies with all required policies and regulations for processing samples
- Write, review, and update legal, ethical, and Nagoya agreements
- Curate biosample metadata (all the information about the samples like locations, dates, and identifying numbers)
- Provide laboratory services for GSU’s surveillance programs
While part of our team is dedicated to thinking deeply about processes, another part follows those processes to create large volumes of genomic sequencing data. This feedback loop allows us to better understand the needs of our partners.
Our capabilities include:
- Sample processing, sequencing, and data delivery for:
- More than 20,000 malaria parasite and vector datasets and samples per year
- Up to 60,000 positive COVID-19 samples per week
- Genomic surveillance reports in near-real time
- Intelligent prioritisation of resources and funding
- Adaptive work scheduling
- Process mapping and documentation services
- Continuous service improvements that reduce turnaround times
Historically, much of the sequencing for genomic surveillance happened in large research centres like the Sanger Institute. This can create logistical challenges and can be a barrier for research facilities in resource-limited settings. But now, with changes in technology and growing capacity, surveillance solutions can be implemented anywhere. Our team of training specialists focus on helping partners reach their surveillance goals by standing up in-country solutions. We provide both virtual and in-person training sessions, as well as support to troubleshoot issues as they arise.
The in-country operations team currently supports genomic surveillance hubs in:
- The Gambia
Head of Service Delivery - Genomic Surveillance, Genomic Surveillance Unit
Sonia is Head of Service Delivery - Genomic Surveillance in the Genomic Surveillance Unit. She oversees the delivery of large-scale genomic surveillance operations on infectious diseases to public health agencies in the UK and globally to partners across Africa, Africa and South America.
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Genomic Surveillance Unit
The Genomic Surveillance Unit (GSU) improves global human health by accelerating the use and impact of genomic surveillance. We deliver products, ...
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