Dr Rebecca A Gladstone

Senior Bioinformatician


This person is a member of Sanger Institute Alumni.

I am currently a bioinformatician for the Global pneumococcal sequencing project AKA GPS (tweets as @pneumowatch). GPS is sequencing the genomes of over 20,000 Streptococcus pneumoniae, collected from around the globe focusing on the developing world where the burden of disease is often highest. The collection covers both disease and carriage isolates from children and adults from before during and after post pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. GPS aims to assess vaccine impact on the bacterial population structure, resistance and capsular switching, and further describe gene content, recombination and phylogeography. I also regularly get involved in a number of other collaborative pneumococcal projects that are sequenced at The Sanger Institute and have a general interest in infectious disease epidemiology. I have come from a microbiology background, acquiring bioinformatic skills during my PhD at the University of Southampton studying 500 pneumococcal genomes. Tweets as @becctococcus


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Am a black professional, trained in & worked for (directly or through collaborations) what could be considered the top 1% institutions in the world. I've got a few titles & honorifics to my name, enough to earn me a little respect and seat on the table with those who know me. /1

As a statistician, I've been thinking a lot about the challenge of tying humanity to these huge numbers. The NY Times front page did a beautiful job of that today, describing one thing that made each unique.

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