Dr My Phan

Postdoctoral Fellow


This person is a member of Sanger Institute Alumni.

My Phan is a virologist with experience and skills in molecular biology and phylogenetics. She is describing enteric viruses epidemiology, evolution and zoonosis patterns. Most recently she has helped with rapid sequencing of Ebolavirus in Sierra Leone as well as supporting the Wellcome Trust-Vietnam Initiative on Zoonotic Infections (VIZIONS) project.

I obtained my Bachelor degree in Medical Science from the Flinders University of South Australia (Adelaide, Australia), major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Subsequently, I have completed a DPhil degree from University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom), studying various aspects of acute childhood gastroenteritis in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) with a focus on enteric viruses such as rotaviruses and noroviruses. In 2014, I joined the Virus Genomics group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute as a postdoctoral research fellow.

At the Sanger Institute, my research is more computer-based dealing with large datasets of viral genomes from the VIZIONS project, data from which are essential to our understanding on the evolutionary dynamics of infectious diseases at the human-animal interface. During the work, I have improved knowledge in large-scale Next Generation Sequencing, de novo assemblies, Python scripting and phylogenetic analyses.

I have also involved in supporting Ebolavirus sequencing at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Makeni (Sierra Leone) using Ion Torrent platform. We have achieved a rapid turnaround sequencing time of 24-72 hours from sample receipt to genome completion to assist timely outbreak response. This has considerably widened my fieldwork experience.


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