Community Board

Have a question or request for the phage community? Post it here and reach > 400 phage enthusiasts spanning academia, industry, medicine, and beyond. Feel free to be creative about what you might ask! (e.g. Collaborations, advice, seeking opportunities).

Phage Alert IPATHPhage TherapyVancomycin-resistant Enterococci
Posted 9 days ago

URGENT: Seeking Enterococcus faecium phages for a critically-ill patient

Organization: IPATH

We are urgently seeking Enterococcus faecium phages for a critically-ill patient in Germany. If you can send phages, test your phages on the patient’s strain, or help us find phages, email [email protected] or [email protected].

Seeking opportunity Post DocResearch
Posted 24 days ago

Seeking phage research opportunity

Name: Mahsa Yazdi
Location: Gorgan, Iran
Organization: Golestan University of Medical Sciences

I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Isfahan, Iran. My thesis was entitled “Isolation and characterization of lytic bacteriophages against some of the most common bacterial causes of urinary tract infections” under the supervision of Prof. Majid Bouzari. During my Ph.D. project, I learned almost all the necessary techniques and methods for phage study and gained useful experience in phages and phage therapy. I currently work as an independent researcher at the Department of Microbiology, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran. I am looking for a postdoc or research scientist position to pursue my interest in phages and related topics. Please email me at [email protected] if you have any openings or would like to discuss further!

Visiting scientist request Genome sequencingPhage characterization
Posted a month ago

PhD student seeking a phage lab for a funded 1-month internship

Name: Ibtihadj Souda
Location: Constantine, Algeria
Organization: University of Constantine 1

I am Ibtihadj Souda, a PhD student at the University of Constantine 1 in Algeria working on isolation and characterization of new bacteriophages from wastewater in the Sahara Desert of Algeria (North Africa). Recently, I have been offered a fully funded scholarship from our university (to cover travel and accommodation), so I have an opportunity to spend a one-month internship at a laboratory to do molecular characterisation of the phages we have isolated. I would like to observe my phages by transmission electron microscopy and perform genome sequencing. The location of the lab can be anywhere, and the timing of the visit can be anytime from June-Dec 2019, but I need to submit an invitation letter by June 30, so I need to find a host lab as soon as possible. Please email me at [email protected] and we can discuss details! Thank you!

Phage Request Research study
Posted a month ago

Seeking T4 and T7 phage

Name: Ednner Emmanuel Victoria Blanco
Location: Panama City, Panama
Organization: Universidad de Panamá

I am seeking samples of T4 and T7 phage for research. Please email me at [email protected] if you can help. Thank you!

Event MeetupNetworking
Posted a month ago

Phage meetups and talks at ASM Microbe this weekend!

Location: San Francisco, California
Organization: American Society for Microbiology

Phage Meetups

  • Friday, June 21, 5-6:30 PM: Division M phage meeting and award ceremony (Division M is the bacteriophage division of ASM); there will be food, drink and phage; room 306/307/308 South
  • Sunday, June 23, 5:30 PM: Adair Borges and others in the Bondy-Denomy lab are organizing an informal gathering for phage enthusiasts at a brewery near the conference venue (location TBA)! RSVP by commenting on Adair’s tweet.

Phage Talks

For more, check out (and add to) this Twitter thread!

  • Carski Award Lecture: Dr. Louise Temple (Saturday, 3:30 PM, S206, room 2018 West)
  • Dr. Paul Turner (Friday, 8:30 AM)
  • Dr. Graham Hatfull on SEA-PHAGES (Saturday, noon, S167)
  • Bacteriophage defense in the era of CRISPR (Sunday, 8:00 AM, S287)

Seeking a guest blogger!

If you’re attending ASM Microbe, we’re looking for a phage researcher to write a guest post for Capsid & Tail about insights/impressions from the conference! Email [email protected] if you’re interested, and we’ll send you more info! Looking for a draft to be written by mid-July.

Seeking references Research support
Posted a month ago

Seeking review articles on phage endolysins

Name: Fazal Mehmood Khan
Location: Wuhan, China
Organization: Wuhan Institute of Virology

I am looking for recommended review articles on phage endolysins. Please send them to [email protected]. Thank you!

Seeking references Research support
Posted a month ago

Seeking references for phage gene loss/genetic drift

Name: Ellie Jameson
Organization: University of Warwick

Can anyone help find a reference for gene loss and genetic drift in lab grown phage isolates? I’m sure there must be something published but my search terms aren’t hitting the right publications. (Reply or check out the responses to date on Twitter here).

Phage Request Research study
Posted a month ago

Seeking Propionibacterium freudenreichii phages

Name: Paulina Deptula
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization: University of Copenhagen

Does anyone have access to phages infecting Propionibacterium freudenreichii? I’m trying to isolate my own, but in the meantime I’d like to start testing defence systems with any phage I can get. Please email me at [email protected]!

Phage Request Research study
Posted a month ago

Seeking Vibrio natriegens phages

Name: Mya Breitbart
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Organization: University of South Florida

Looking for a lytic #phage capable of infecting Vibrio natrigens (for lab research, not therapy) - can anyone help? Needs to infect well in liquid culture, preferably a myovirus but any dsDNA phage will work. Please message me on Twitter at @virome_girl.

Phage Request Anticipating phage therapy need
Posted a month ago

Seeking groups who work with Legionella phages

Name: Steffanie Strathdee
Location: San Diego, California
Organization: IPATH

Looking for #phage against #Legionella, in anticipation of an urgent request for #Phagetherapy for a patient in #HongKong whose family reached out @IPATH. If you have #bacteriophage against any Legionella strains, please DM me on Twitter at @chngin_the_wrld.

Phage Request Anticipating phage therapy need
Posted a month ago

Seeking groups who work with Legionella phages

Name: Clark Tibbs
Location: Newark, Ohio
Organization: PhageVax

Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton issued an order to the Mount Carmel Grove City hospital on May 31 to take immediate action to contain an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. If anyone knows of anyone working with Legionella phages, please get in touch with Clark Tibbs at [email protected].

Workshop GenomicsViromics
Posted 2 months ago

Register now for the 2019 Evergreen Phage Bioinformatics Workshop

Name: Betty Kutter & Evergreen Organizers
Location: Olympia, WA
Organization: Evergreen International Phage Meeting

The 2019 Evergreen Phage Bioinformatics Workshop will consist of three tracks: Genomics with Galaxy & WebApollo; Genomic annotation with PATRIC; and Viromics (metaviromics). Participants are invited to register for one of these tracks on Saturday (4 PM – 9PM, 4h of work, with a break for supper), and/or for one of these as repeated on Sunday (8:30 to- 12:00, 3 ½ h). Each track will consist of an introductory lecture followed by hands-on sessions where participants can work on example datasets.

Observers are also welcome in each of the 3 sessions. (Note: Participants need to work on their own laptops; no computers will be provided.

We will plan on having a van pool for people arriving Saturday morning. For people taking part in the Saturday workshop, there will be an extra $10 fee from Evergreen for using their facilities.

The 3 tracks are:

  1. Genomics – Annotation: with PATRIC (Ramy Aziz & PATRIC people): Phage annotation using RAST and PATRIC. This track is suitable for beginners.

  2. Genomics - Phage genomics: with Galaxy and WebApollo (Jason Gill): This track will cover the start-to-finish process of whole-phage genomics, including DNA sequencing, assembly, end determination, annotation, and comparative genomics using the user-friendly interfaces Galaxy and WebApollo. This is suitable for both beginner and intermediate users. There will be a limited number of participants for people doing their own genomes, but the 2 hour lecture is open to all, the hand-on portion can handle about 15 people working on their own genomes.

  3. Viromics – (Alejandro Reyes & Evelien Adriaenssens): introduction to sequence pre-processing, clean-up, and assembly using command-line tools; visualization of data. Suitable for users who know how to navigate a command-line environment.

Register here for the Genome Workshops!

And if you haven’t yet registered for the Evergreen phage conference itself (Aug 4-9), register here!

Request for participation Phage Isolation
Posted 2 months ago

Seeking soil samples for phage isolation

Location: College Station, Texas
Organization: Center for Phage Technology

Howdy phage enthusiasts! The Center for Phage Technology is currently seeking out new environmental soil and water samples for phage isolation! Direct message the CPT on Twitter if there’s something you’d like to send! We’ll cover shipping and can even send you a kit to get started! #phage #science #savingtheworld #CitizenScience

Collaboration Request Phage Consortium
Posted 2 months ago

IBRC Community Update: New web design, a documentary, and new members welcome!

Organization: International Bacteriophage Research Consortium

The IBRC portal is inspired by the global antibiotic resistance situation & the promising potential phages offer as credible antimicrobial therapeutics.

Launched in October 2018, IBRC is a joint effort by Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC), University of Delhi, India and Open Health Systems Laboratory (OHSL), USA to build a consortium of scientists working on phages and lysins.

If you’re a phage scientist/scholar, a medical or industry professional, or a phage therapy supporter interested in joining the consortium, contact Dr. Urmi Bajpai at [email protected] or at [email protected], or tweet @phageconsortium.

To help promote AMR awareness, and prior to launching the IBRC, Dr. Bajpai created a short docu-drama film on AMR and phage therapy (10 min), which will be soon dubbed in other languages too. In it, you’ll hear from Pranav Johri of Vitalis Phage Therapy and Mzia Kutateladze, the director of Eliava Institute.

Phage Request ProphageSalmonella
Posted 3 months ago

Seeking temperature-inducible P22 prophage

Name: José R Penadés
Location: Glasgow, UK
Organization: University of Glasgow

Phage community, I need your help! I’m desperate looking for a P22 prophage that is inducible by temperature (P22 ts c2 29). It was published more than 50 years ago. If you know somebody that could have it, please, contact me at [email protected]! If not, please pass it on! It is really important! Thanks!

(Check out his twitter thread (@jrpenades) to see responses so far, or to add yours!)

Phage Request Phage typing Research study
Posted 3 months ago

Seeking phage typing collections

Name: Michael Koeris

I’m looking for phage typing collections of Enterobacteriaciae (eg. E. coli, Klebsiella, Salmonella) to pursue capsular variant-phage type correlation studies. Please email me at [email protected] or tweet @mkoeris to get in touch!

Collaboration Request Sequencing
Posted 4 months ago

Seeking collaborator for phage and host sequencing

Name: Irshad Ul Haq, PhD, Assistant Professor
Location: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Organization: University of Haripur

We are seeking help/collaboration on phage and host sequencing. We don’t have any resources to do the sequencing of these, and therefore would like to connect with someone who would want to collaborate. Please email me at [email protected].

Workshop Phage
Posted 4 months ago

Thank you to participants of the 2019 Latin America Phage Workshop

Name: Ednner Emmanuel Victoria Blanco

Thank you to all the students from Latin America for participating in this 2019 phage course, and special thanks to Martin Loessner and Alejandro Reyes for the amazing lectures and workshop. Hope to see you all soon!

Phage Directory Phage TherapyVeterinary MedicineCanine
Posted 4 months ago

Seeking Pseudomonas phages for a canine ear infection

Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Organization: Phage Directory

We are seeking Pseudomonas aeruginosa phages to treat a dog’s antibiotic-resistant ear infection. Please get in touch with us by email at [email protected] if you are willing to test your phages on the dog’s strain, or to send phages on behalf of this dog.

Phage Directory New VolunteersAnnouncement
Posted 4 months ago

Welcome, new volunteers!

Organization: Phage Directory

We have our first Phage Directory volunteer! Cathy Nguyen will be helping with Capsid & Tail’s What’s New and Jobs section. We also welcome our first guest writer this week, Lucy Furfaro!

If you’d like to help (or be kept up to date on other volunteer opportunities), email [email protected]. If you’d like to contribute a guest article, email [email protected] for details.

Request for participation AMRPhage IsolationPhage Therapy
Posted 5 months ago

Seeking environmental samples for phage hunts!

Name: Steffanie Strathdee
Location: San Diego, CA
Organization: IPATH

Want to help #phagetherapy patients? Our collaboration between @IPATH & @TAMU_CPT needs environmental samples for #phagehunts! You can help by sending soil samples to @TAMU_CPT. Message Steffanie Strathdee (@chngin_the_wrld) on Twitter for details and may the #phage be with you! #AMR #superbugs #AntibioticResistance

Collaboration Request Phage BiocontrolPhage Therapy
Posted 5 months ago

Seeking collaborators and guidance for phage research

Name: Raniero Lorenzetti
Location: Rome, Italy
Organization: IZSLT

Our group is looking to begin isolating and characterizing phages, first against fish pathogens, mainly at the molecular level. In the future, we will seek to exploit phages to control many animal pathogens. We are seeking help and support from phage experts during the learning curve process. I would also be very grateful if a phage lab could host me as a visiting scientist for a few days, to help me get acquainted with the process of phage manipulation. Please contact me at [email protected] to talk about this further.

Postdoc Medical microbiologyPhage Therapy
Posted 5 months ago

Seeking postdoctoral opportunity in medical microbiology / phage therapy

Name: Prasanth Manohar
Organization: Vellore Institute of Technology

I have completed my Ph.D. at Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India. My research project deals with the characterization of bacteriophages infecting E. coli, K. pneumoniae and Enterobacter species. I have expertise in working with carbapenem-resistant clinical bacteria and studying the antibacterial activity of phages in vivo. In the future, I am looking forward to do my post-doctoral research in the field of Medical Microbiology, especially phage therapy. Please email me at [email protected] if you know of opportunities!

Request Phage IsolationLab tips
Posted 6 months ago

Seeking tips on how to isolate P. larvae phages

Name: Heather Hendrickson
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Organization: Massey University

Phage Friends! We need help! We have processed over 300 soil samples looking for phages on Paenibacillus larvae… (the bee pathogen) here in NZ. Have you ever looked SO HARD for a phage and not found one? Suggestions? Ideas? Sympathy? PLEASE? (Bonus: check out all the tips the phage community has already shared via Twitter!)

Collaboration Request Phage Therapy
Posted 6 months ago

Seeking collaborators and guidance for new phage therapy center

Name: Gunaraj Dhungana
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Organization: Tribhuvan University

My name is Gunaraj Dhungana, I’m a Ph.D scholar from the central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. We have been working on the characterization and preparation of a phage bank to establish a phage therapy centre in Nepal. We are seeking collaborations and guidance to establish the centre. Please email me at [email protected] if you are willing to offer advice or would like to talk about collaborating.

Phage Request Phage TherapyVeterinary Medicine
Posted 6 months ago

Update: Citrobacter phages for sea turtle

Organization: Phage Directory

We are still seeking Citrobacter phages to treat a sea turtle’s antibiotic-resistant shell infection. If you can help, please email [email protected]!

Progress so far:
Good news! At least one phage active against the turtle’s Citrobacter strain has been found, and the FDA has given its approval to proceed with getting phages ready for this case.

PhD Project Phage PhD project
Posted 7 months ago

Seeking PhD opportunity

Name: Silviane Miruka

I am a student seeking a PhD opportunity in a phage lab. I recently did a project for my master’s thesis titled “Molecular Detection of Pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus Using Phage Based Genetic Markers.” Please email me at [email protected] or find me on Twitter @m_silviane if you know of any opportunities.

PhD Project Phage PhD project
Posted 7 months ago

Seeking PhD opportunity

Name: Mahmuda Akter
Organization: International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research

I have been working at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) and earned my M.S. degree from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. I was awarded joint funding from icddr,b and SIDA to isolate and characterize Shigella phages. I have isolated more than 100 Shigella phages, characterized their host ranges and sequenced some of these in collaboration with Martha Clokie and Nathan Brown. I have 10 publications as a co-author and have shared my data at two international meetings: VoM (2012) and Evergreen (2015). Please email me at [email protected] if you know of opportunities.

PhD Project AquaculturePhage PhD projectPhage Therapy
Posted 7 months ago

Seeking PhD opportunity

Name: Muhammad Akmal
Organization: Pukyong National University

I am Muhammad Akmal, working as a Lecturer at the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan since July 2014, where I also received my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Fisheries and Aquaculture. I am now pursuing a second Masters in Fisheries Science at Pukyong National University, South Korea (ends Feb. 2019). Previously I worked on isolation and characterization of fish pathogenic Aeromonas hydrophila for the possible control of motile aeromonas septicemia in fish. Now I am searching for a PhD position in phage therapy-related aquaculture. I am open to any available opportunity where I can learn more about the phage therapy, especially in control of disease in aquaculture. Please email Rana at [email protected] if you know of any opportunities.

Request BioinformaticsPhage GenomesAI
Posted 7 months ago

Seeking complete phage genome sequences with lytic/lysogenic labels

Name: Piotr Tynecki

I’m working on a deep learning-based analysis of phage genomes considering their lytic/lysogenic potential. I’m looking for complete phage genome sequences in FASTA format with lytic/lysogenic labels that have been confirmed by domain experts. Email Piotr at [email protected] or tweet @ptynecki if you can help!

Phage Request Phage Immunity Systems
Posted 7 months ago

Seeking diverse Salmonella phages

Name: Sian Owen
Location: Cambridge, MA
Organization: Harvard Medical School

I’m a postdoc at Harvard Medical School researching a novel phage-immunity system in Salmonella enterica sv. Typhimurium. I’m looking for characterised (and ideally genome sequenced/published) phages infecting S. Typhimurium to test against the system. So far I have the phages P22, BTP1, det7, 9NA and FelixO1, but I would really like some more diverse Salmonella phages, particularly those that adsorb to non-LPS receptors. Note: other collaborators in this project are located in the UK, so I am looking for people who could send phages to either the US or the UK. Email Sian at [email protected] if you can help!

Request NonprofitLab SuppliesDonation Request
Posted 7 months ago

Seeking micropipette donations

Name: Tobi Nagel
Location: Oakland, CA
Organization: Phages for Global Health

Hi phage community! Do you have any old micropipettes that you’re ready to get rid of? If so, Phages for Global Health regularly needs micropipette donations for our laboratory training workshops in Africa. We could use any sizes 10 - 1000 uL. Please email me if you have any donations or questions: [email protected].

Phage Directory Update
Posted 7 months ago

Welcome to Phage Directory, new labs!

Check out the 17 new labs we just added to Phage Directory! We just made our signup process faster, so if you’ve thought about signing up your lab, now’s the time!

Request BioinformaticsPhage GenomesMentorship
Posted 7 months ago

Seeking help with phage genome bioinformatics

Name: Gunaraj Dhungana
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Organization: Tribhuvan University

My name is Gunaraj Dhungana, I’m a Ph.D scholar from the central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. We have sequenced the whole genome of four lytic phages against carbapenem-resistant and colistin resistant clinical isolates like Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Salmonella spp and Pseudomonas aeruginosa by next-generation sequencing using Illumina platform. I am searching for help/advice/mentorship with the bioinformatic analysis of sequenced data. Please email me at [email protected].

Phage Hunt Phage TherapyVeterinary Medicine
Posted 7 months ago

Seeking Citrobacter phages for a sea turtle

Organization: Phage Directory

On New Year’s Eve, we got a request for Citrobacter phages to treat a sea turtle’s antibiotic-resistant shell infection. If you can help, please email [email protected]!

THANK YOU to the labs of @GroseLab of BYU, @RandallJDeJong and @insectmicrobejr of Calvin College, @phage4lyfe of MSU, @BryanGibb2 of NYIT, and Ben Chan of Yale for offering to supply/test phages so far!

Thanks also to @chngin_the_wrld and @phagehunter of @ipath_ucsd for helping coordinate efforts!

Lastly, thanks to the 200+ people on Twitter who’ve helped spread the word about this turtle to 20,000+ people and counting!

Phage Directory
Posted 7 months ago

Community Board Intro

Organization: Phage Directory

Have a question or request for the phage community? Post it here and reach > 200 phage enthusiasts spanning academia, industry, medicine, and beyond. Feel free to be creative about what you might ask! (e.g. collaborations, advice, seeking opportunities)

Q&A Bioinformatics
Posted 14 hours ago

Community Q&A: Database of phage genomes for mapping / favorite mapping pipeline?

Here’s a great example of the phage community helping each other out on Twitter — thanks to Stephen Stockdale of APC Microbiome (@SteveStockyPhD) and Simon Roux of the Joint Genome Institute (@simroux_virus) for providing answers!

Here’s the question:

Does anyone know of a database of (putative) phage genomes that you can map reads against? Or your favorite pipeline for mapping reads to a set of references/contigs? Bonus points if it’s easy to use for people who don’t like coding (that’s me)!@ElysianTweets

The answers (so far):

If you are not comfortable downloading viral RefSeq, there is the complete reference viral database (RVDB)@SteveStockyPhD

Or Andrew Millard’s group @milja001 have an easy to download database@SteveStockyPhD

Or if you would like easy to download crAss-like phage sequences@SteveStockyPhD

If you have access to a server that will run alignments and process output (using Bowtie2 and Samtools), but are not comfortable with coding, I can send you some commands. — @SteveStockyPhD

And for mapping reads to genomes without the need to code, we have iVirus on @CyVerseOrg, with full protocols courtesy of Ben Bolduc from @Lab_Sullivan. — @simroux_virus

If you get help from someone in the phage community, or you see an example like this, send it to [email protected] — we’d love to feature it here!

Expired Posts
Request for feedback Phage SusceptibilityNew technologyExpired
Posted 5 months ago

Seeking feedback on a new phage susceptibility testing platform

Name: Michael Van Delle
Organization: Adventus Research + Consulting

University of Toronto researchers have developed a novel phage susceptibility testing platform. To understand the need for such a solution, Adventus Research + Consulting is reaching out to phage community experts, stakeholders and researchers for feedback. Honoraria are offered in exchange for your feedback (either via phone or survey). Email Michael Van Belle at [email protected] to participate!