GEM Work-in-Progress Talk: "Genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Erie County highlights the need for regional surveillance"

Monday, October 25, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online Presentation
Free and open to the public
Jennifer A. Surtees, PhD, GEM Co-director & Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence(GEM), Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED)

Please join us on Monday, October 25th for a GEM Work-in-Progress talk presented by Jennifer Surtees, PhD, Co-Director, Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence; Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry.

Title: "Genomic surveillance of SARS‐CoV‐2 in Erie County highlights the need for regional surveillance"

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Surtees

Abstract: Early in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, we established a whole genome sequencing pipeline to assess lineages circulating in Western New York. Initial sequences revealed entry into the region via Europe, similar to observations in New York City. However, as the pandemic progressed and variants of concern emerged, we observed distinct patterns in lineages relative to NYC. Notably, B.1.427 became dominant in Western New York, before it was displaced by B.1.1.7. Our hierarchical cluster analysis of B.1.1.7 lineages, which by May 2021 made up ~ 80% of all cases, indicated both multiple introductions and community spread. Since May, we have witnessed a transition to the delta lineages in the region. Our work highlights the importance of widespread, regional surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 across the United States.

These informal talks are part of the GEM Work-in-Progress series held at 4:00 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month. Talks will take place remotely via Zoom or Webex. The speaker schedule is available on the GEM website: www.buffalo.edu/gem.

GEM is currently seeking faculty and student speakers for our Spring 2022 series! If you would like to present at a GEM Work-in-Progress session, please let us know (coe-gem@buffalo.edu) and we will get you onto the schedule.



For more information, contact:

Sara Thomas
Email: msthomas@buffalo.edu