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24 May 2022

Diaries of SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Training – Webinar

Join our webinars for a ‘behind the scenes’ look at our training programme with our course educators, contributors, and reviewers.

This online event will feature a panel discussion with educators, contributors and reviewers from our online courses. It will involve a relaxed conversation offering a great opportunity for COG-Train course attendees to provide feedback and to learn more about developing training and the educator experiences. Everybody is welcome to attend, whether you have participated in one of our courses or not. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during the event. 

To accommodate for different time zones, we are holding two separate events. The panellists joining us will be different for each session, so participants are welcome to register for both events.

Webinar 1: Wednesday 22 June 2022, 09:00 – 10:00 BST
Chair: Dr Laia Delgado Callico, Communications Coordinator, COG-UK and COG-Train, University of Cambridge, UK

  • Dr Ana Da Silva Filipe, Research Fellow, Centre for Virus Research, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Carlo Lapid, Senior Bioinformatics Specialist, Philippine Genome Center, Philippines
  • Claudine Nkera-Gutabara, PhD candidate, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Malebo Malope, PhD student, Division of Human Genetics, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Webinar 2: Tuesday 28 June 2022, 15:00 – 16:00 BST
Chair: Dr Laia Delgado Callico, Communications Coordinator, COG-UK and COG-Train, University of Cambridge, UK

  • Dr Gerald Mboowa, Human Genetics and Genomics Research Fellow, Genomics Laboratory, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Dr Paúl Cárdenas Aldaz, Principal Investigator, Instituto de Microbiología, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
  • Rogers Kamulegeya, Coordinator, Integrated Biorepository of H3Africa Uganda, Uganda
  • Dr Teresa Cutiño-Moguel, Virology Clinical Lead, Barts Health NHS Trust, UK
  • Varun Shamanna, Research Associate, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, India

COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK)

The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium works in partnership to harness the power of SARS-CoV-2 genomics in the fight against COVID-19.

Led by Professor Sharon Peacock of the University of Cambridge, COG-UK is made up of an innovative collaboration of NHS organisations, the four public health agencies of the UK, the Wellcome Sanger Institute and sixteen academic partners. A full list of collaborators can be found here.

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by SARS-CoV-2, represents a major threat to health. The COG-UK consortium was formed in March 2020 to deliver SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing and analysis to inform public health policy and to support the establishment of a national pathogen sequencing service, with sequence data now predominantly generated by the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Public Health Agencies.

SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing and analysis plays a key role in the COVID-19 public health response by enabling the identification, tracking and analysis of variants of concern, and by informing the design of vaccines and therapeutics. COG-UK works collaboratively to deliver world-class research on pathogen sequencing and analysis, maximise the value of genomic data by ensuring fair access and data linkage, and provide a training programme to enable equity in global sequencing.