Research Assistant-Viral Surveillance in Wastewater

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Sponsoring College, Department, School or Center: 
Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering
Faculty Name: 
Rolf Halden
Preferred Skills or Majors: 

We are looking for enthusiastic students who have a background in molecular biology, virology and genetics, with laboratory experience related to these fields. Problem solving skills, attention to detail, and good time management skills are a must. Students with computational skills in python, java and R, with an interest in pipeline development for viral sequence data analysis are also encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: 
October 31, 2019
Location or Campus: 
ASU, Tempe campus, Biodesign Institute
Hours Per Week: 

Desired Academic Year: 
Project Description: 

This project aims to innovate in the creation and accessibility of metagenomic sequence data relating to infectious agents by leveraging the potentially transformative tool of wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE). The WBE approach employs analysis of community wastewater from large populations to enable non-invasive, near real-time monitoring of both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. When combined with high-throughput metagenomic sequencing (HTS), the resulting WBE-HTS approach is promising for detecting a broad spectrum of infectious agents simultaneously, to identify vulnerabilities, outbreaks and epidemics early, thereby creating a novel and potentially life-saving diagnostic approach for protecting public health. Student tasks will include: sample preparation, total and viral nucleic acid extraction and some downstream data analysis.

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

Please send CV and unofficial transcripts to Erin Driver (