ECDC is looking for volunteers to pilot this 2-3 hours course. There are 30 places open for those interested in providing feedback for improvements. The course is designed for public health professionals, laboratory scientists, epidemiologists working on influenza surveillance. No pre-requisites is needed in terms of academic qualifications.
This course aims to enhance knowledge of the basic bioinformatics tools available for analysis of sequencing data and of the interpretation, comparison and analysis of influenza sequence data, with a focus on haemagglutinin and neuraminidase genes.
After taking this course participants shall be able to:
- Understand Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing data analysis pipelines for HA and NA gene sequences
- Retrie sequences from public databases (GISAID and Genbank)
- Understand HA and NA gene sequence alignments, mutations and SNP analysis for resistance (BioEdit)
- Use phylogeny software: basic concepts and instructions for phylogenetic analysis (MEGA)
- Visualise and annotate phylogenetic trees