SARS-CoV-2 Reference Standards and Materials - Industry Perspectives

1/21/2021


January 21, 12:00 PM EST

Abstract:

ATCC and BEI Resources are extremely proud to play a leading role in supporting the scientific community during this unprecedented time. This workshop highlights not only the critical role that ATCC and BEI Resources play in providing front-line COVID-19 researchers with the high-quality authenticated biomaterials necessary to counter the current global threat, but also our own internal research efforts in the genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 and the subsequent publication of our genomic data on the ATCC Genome Portal. Watch the webinar to learn more about these vital initiatives.

Key takeaways include:

  • A description of ATCC and BEI Resources' wide range of SARS-CoV-2 standard material  
  • A study depicting how we sequence SARS-CoV-2 isolates for ATCC and BEI Resources
  • A recap of our efforts to reduce genomic variability in cultured SARS-CoV-2

Presenters

Marco Riojas

Marco Riojas, Ph.D.,
Scientist, ATCC/BEI Resources

Dr. Riojas has been with ATCC/BEI Resources for over 10 years. He has a Ph.D. in Biodefense, and his primary research interests include biodefense, bacterial systematics, phylogenomics, and genomic identification of species.

Andrew Frank, MS

Andrew Frank, MS,
Bioinformatician, ATCC

Andrew Frank is a bioinformatician and key member leading ATCC’s Enhanced Authentication Initiative. He is responsible for sequencing and assembling whole bacterial genomes. In addition, Mr. Frank worked to design and implement the next-generation sequencing data management systems currently used by the ATCC Sequencing and Bioinformatics Center. Prior to joining ATCC, Mr. Frank received his master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, where his graduate research centered on detecting signatures of hybridization in eukaryotic genomes by using next-generation sequencing approaches and novel phylogenetic approaches.