Dr Justin O’Grady is a Deputy Director for COG-UK, Principal Investigator for the Quadram Institute and a Group Leader in the rapid infectious disease and foodborne pathogen diagnosis and detection research group at the Quadram Institute. Justin joined the Quadram Institute in April 2018 while maintaining his affiliation with the University of East Anglia. His research continues to focus on the molecular diagnosis of pathogens with the aim of translating this research broadly, in different sectors and diseases, to maximise community and patient benefit. He gained his B.Sc. in Microbiology, M.Sc. (Res) in infectious diseases molecular diagnostics and Ph.D. in molecular diagnosis of bacterial pathogens in food all at the National University of Ireland Galway. At the Quadram Institute, Justin is part of a large team of molecular biologists and bioinformaticians (led by Dr Andrew Page) that provide viral lineage information for hospital cases in Norfolk and parts of Suffolk (pillar 1) and for community cases nationally (pillar 2). They also work closely with PHE and Norfolk Test and Trace to provide rapid outbreak sequencing and analysis for the region.