About Phage Directory

Our Mission

Our mission is to support phage research, phage therapy and phage use in agriculture, the food industry, and veterinary medicine.

We serve those who research phages, those who commercialize phages, those who fund phage research and development, those who regulate phage technologies, and those who are interested in learning more about phages.

Our strategy is first to identify gaps in knowledge and resources, and then to help fill these gaps by providing information and by helping build connections and collaborations among the phage community.

Background

Phage therapy

We are facing a global antibiotic resistance crisis and we need additional or alternative ways to treat patients unable to fight against bacterial infections. Phage therapy is an increasingly viable and scientifically-accepted alternative to antibiotics.

Researchers around the world routinely cultivate phages against most bacterial pathogens faced by patients. However, safely and effectively giving these phages to critically ill patients is challenging — each phage treatment must be customized to each patient’s infection. This process requires a complex collaboration between scientists, doctors, regulatory bodies and families of patients on extremely short notice.

Phages in agriculture, the food industry, and veterinary medicine

Beyond phage therapy, phages are being used in agriculture, the food industry, and veterinary medicine. Similarly to phage therapy, phage applications in industry will need to rely on collaborations across disciplines.

Phage research

Phage research began about 100 years ago, and many groups have made substantial process toward understanding phages. However, finding funding for this work is challenging. Increased collaboration among phage research groups and with groups from other disciplines can help scientists access research funding, thus supporting more efficient work in this area. In addition, major research areas such as microbiome and CRISPR studies are recognizing the importance of understanding and utilizing phages, and will benefit from working more closely with phage experts as their fields expand.

By building and maintaining a resource geared toward educating and connecting the phage community, we hope to make an impact on both phage research and on the use of phages to help solve real-world problems.

If you’d like to add your lab and phages, please fill out this form: https://phage.directory/join.

To stay up to date on phage news and opportunities, sign up for our weekly periodical, Capsid & Tail: https://phage.directory/capsid.

To find or post a job, check out our Phage Jobs page: http://phage.directory/jobs.

To receive alerts about patients in need of emergency phage therapy, sign up for Phage Alerts: https://phage.directory/alerts.

To post a message or request to the phage community, check out our Community Board: https://phage.directory/community.

To advertise with us, or to become a sponsor, check out our Services page: https://phage.directory/services.

Lastly, to keep up with what we’re up to, follow us on Twitter @phagedirectory.

— Jessica & Jan <>=Σ

Behind the Scenes

This project is a work in a progress. For questions, suggestions, and more, please either email [email protected] or tweet us at @phagedirectory. This directory is currently independently organized and run, with our own time and resources, and is not funded by any organizations.

Jessica Sacher, PhD
Microbiologist
PhD in Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Alberta

I completed a PhD in Microbiology and Biotechnology in Christine Szymanski’s lab at the University of Alberta, where I studied the interactions between the gut pathogen Campylobacter jejuni and its bacteriophages.

I am passionate about helping the world utilize phages safely and effectively. I believe collaboration among medical professionals, researchers, companies and regulatory bodies is essential for this to happen, and I hope that Phage Directory can help foster such collaborations.

Jan Zheng
Product Design & Development
Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, CMU

I’m a product designer with a background in computer science, psychology, and a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

In the past I’ve worked with companies and brands like Verizon Wireless, Cartoon Network, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, L’Oreal, and more to build and design digital products, and to improve product user experiences.