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The SEA-PHAGES GIFT

The Genome Inspection and Finishing Team is a group of SEA-PHAGES faculty members who assist in the assembly, finishing, and quality control of sequenced phage genomes.

Sequencing genomes consists of two broad stages. First, libraries are created and random reads are generated using a sequencer. Second, those reads must be assembled into a complete genome, checked for weak areas and physical ends, and exported in a final format. This second stage is known as Assembly and Finishing.

In the first year of the SEA-PHAGES program, 13 genomes were sequenced, and the assembly and finishing work was manageable for the experts. But by 2013-14, the ease and cost of generating sequencing reads had improved so that more than 140 genomes were sequenced that year, and the burden of assembling and finishing all those genomes grew.

The GIFT was conceived as a means to share the assembly and finishing work across a larger set of SEA-PHAGES members by helping them to develop the expertise needed to perform these tasks on their own. An inaugural GIFT Workshop was held at HHMI in December 2014 to train the first 8 GIFT Scholars.

The GIFT Scholars are led and organized by Dan Russell. If you're interested in joining, email Dan at dar78@pitt.edu.

2015-2016 GIFT Scholars

In the academic year 2015-16, a total of 57 genomes have been assembled, finished, and quality-controlled by GIFT Scholars.

Aaron Best

8 genomes QCed

Hope College

J. Alfred Bonilla

9 genomes QCed

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Randy DeJong

8 genomes QCed

Calvin College

Nicholas Edgington

10 genomes QCed

Southern Connecticut State University

Allison Johnson

10 genomes QCed

Virginia Commonwealth University

Rodney King

12 genomes QCed

Western Kentucky University

Marianne Poxleitner

0 genomes QCed

Gonzaga University

2014-2015 GIFT Scholars

In the academic year 2014-15, a total of 76 genomes were assembled, finished, and quality-controlled by GIFT Scholars.

Aaron Best

9 genomes QCed

Hope College

J. Alfred Bonilla

11 genomes QCed

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Randy DeJong

9 genomes QCed

Calvin College

Nicholas Edgington

8 genomes QCed

Southern Connecticut State University

Allison Johnson

11 genomes QCed

Virginia Commonwealth University

Rodney King

10 genomes QCed

Western Kentucky University

Marianne Poxleitner

8 genomes QCed

Gonzaga University

Jenn Schaff

10 genomes QCed

North Carolina State University

Current Events

Prepare & Test Reagents for Phage Discovery

July 17, 2017 to August 31, 2017

Receive Shipment of Biologicals from Program

July 17, 2017 to August 31, 2017

Upcoming Events

Virtual Site Visit with SEA Team

September 18, 2017 to October 31, 2017

Submit Fall Section Data to seaphages.org

September 29, 2017

Identify Bioinformatics Workshop Trainees

October 3, 2017

Recent Events

Phage Discovery Workshop 10B

July 8, 2017 to July 14, 2017

Phage Discovery Workshop 10A

June 24, 2017 to June 30, 2017

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