UCSC Pathogen Genomics

The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute's Pathogen Genomics project aims to get genomics tools in the hands of public health officials who will use them to recognize new variants of the virus and take action.


UC Santa Cruz is drawing on its expertise in genomics and data sharing to lead a new, state-sponsored public health program, made official on August 18, 2021. The California Dept. of Public Health (CDPH)-sponsored program will allow public health experts to use virus genomes to track who is catching the virus and how. While ensuring its tools are both effective and secure, the team will deliver a final product designed to help shepherd California out of the current pandemic.