Phylogenetics workshop in Kenya

On 16-17 June 2014, I led a phylogenetic analysis workshop at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, in conjunction with the Urban Zoonoses project and supported by CIIE.

Workshop participants attended lectures and computer-based practical sessions on using phylogenetics to understand the transmission of infectious disease between host species. The aim of the workshop was to show how state-of-the-art phylogenetic methods will be used to shed light on important source populations for bacterial disease in low-income areas of Nairobi as part of my CIIE Fellowship, and to equip participants with the skills to perform their own such analyses in the future. The workshop was attended by 25 participants from ILRI, the Kenyan Medical Research Institute and the University of Nairobi.

It was great to see such interest and enthusiasm from so many people from different research backgrounds.  Thanks to CIIE, Prof. Eric Fèvre, Dr. George Michuki, Victoria Kyallo, Linda Njeri and the Urban Zoonoses project for assistance in making the workshop possible.

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