COG-UK News and Events

The latest news, blogs, events and videos across the COG-UK consortium

Drawing representing the process of virus replication

Blog / COG Train

19 Apr 2022

Reflecting on the launch of our first COG-Train online course

Genome sequencing enabled the world to rapidly identify SARS-CoV-2, classify variants and develop diagnostic tests and other tools to help manage the outbreak, yet how genome sequencing and analysis works...

Blog / Events / Videos

13 Apr 2022

“An unprecedented collaborative effort”: How COG-UK and our partners came together to do something extraordinary

At home and internationally, COG-UK established itself as one of the leaders in genomic sequencing during the pandemic. Professor Sharon Peacock and Dr Katerina Galai reflect on their journey so...


7 Apr 2022

The crucial role of data linkage during the pandemic

A core part of any public health response – and especially one as fast-moving and far-reaching as the COVID-19 pandemic – requires a range of stakeholders in different locations to...

Two hands with a piece of puzzle each joining them


4 Apr 2022

Two years on

On the second anniversary of the inception of COG-UK, we reflect on the collective achievements of the members of our consortium, our experiences along the way, and the enduring impact...


30 Mar 2022

“It was unlike anything we had seen before”: How genomic sequencing can help us to prepare for future variants

Professor Emma Thomson, OBE, is one of the COG-UK researchers leading the sequencing and analysis of SARS-CoV-2 as it circulates in the UK. We spoke to Emma about her response...

Images of the delta and omicron variants of SARS-Cov-2


24 Mar 2022

Exploring the mutational world of SARS-CoV-2

A recent publication from the consortium describes the creation of the COG-UK-Mutation Explorer, a tool that researchers have used to explore mutations in the UK’s SARS-CoV-2 genomic data and to...

Blog / Events / Videos / Women in COG

14 Mar 2022

International Women’s Day panel discussion: on building support networks, mentorship and enabling change

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, COG-UK hosted a panel discussion with Colby Benari, CEO of In2scienceUK, and Phoebe Reynolds – an alumnus, and now trustee, of their...

Laboratory with scientists wearing a white lab coat

Blog / COG Train

8 Mar 2022

How global collaboration and genomics training will better prepare us to tackle COVID-19 variants and future pandemics

The global response to COVID-19 variants during the current pandemic has highlighted the need for open scientific collaboration. Providing training tools to help countries establish or expand their own SARS-CoV-2...


14 Feb 2022

61% of female COG-UK members say that COVID-19 has positively impacted their career – COG-UK celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science

61% of female COG-UK members say that COVID-19 has positively impacted their career. We ran a COG-UK membership survey to understand the impact that the pandemic has had on the...

Blog / Events / Videos / Women in COG

9 Feb 2022

“People say to me all the time ‘you don’t look like a typical scientist’…” – in conversation with Dr Maria Van Kerkhove

To kick off Women in COG in 2022, we speak to Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead at the World Health Organization (WHO), about the inspiration that led her...


8 Feb 2022

“Epidemiology and genomics go hand-in-hand”: How genomics is helping us to understand transmission of COVID-19 in universities.

Dr Dinesh Aggarwal spoke to us about his most recent publication, "Genomic epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in a UK university identifies dynamics of transmission".


7 Feb 2022

Chronicling COG-UK’s COVID-19 Contributions

The scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in which the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium has played an important part, marks a period in history that will be reflected upon...