Community Board

The community board is a place for phage researchers and phage enthusiasts to share news and seek advice, collaborations, opportunities, and more. Every week we highlight the best community posts on our newsletter, Capsid & Tail.

Have a question or request for the phage community? Post it below and reach hundreds of phage enthusiasts spanning academia, industry, medicine, and beyond.

Showing 159 community posts

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 4 days ago

PHAVES 4 is happening on Tuesday!

Phage Directory

Our next PHAVES event will take place Aug. 4 at 11:00 AM EST / 8:30 PM IST. We’ll be interviewing Pranav Johri and Apurva Virmani Johri, founders of Vitalis Phage Therapy, about their impressive progress improving access to phage therapy in India.

Register for PHAVES (as an attendee or a future speaker!) at https://seminars.phage.directory.

Funding opportunityPlant pathogens
Posted 4 days ago

Funding opportunity: plant pathogen treatment

Innovative Solutions Canada

Innovative Solutions Canada is looking to fund small businesses developing phytosanitary treatment options to control plant pests. Maybe a job for phages?

Volunteers
Posted 4 days ago

Huge thanks to our new (and not-so-new) volunteers!

Phage Directory

We’d like to give a shout-out to our new volunteers, M. R. Madhav (phage protocols curator for our future phage protocol compendium — contribute yours on Slack!), Curtis Hoffmann (Twitter and LinkedIn), and Lizzie Richardson (Capsid & Tail feature editing). We’re so excited to have you on board!

Thanks also to our not-so-new volunteers, Rohit Kongari (Capsid & Tail link collecting) and Stephanie Lynch (PHAVES organizing)! Thanks to you, we’ve been able to keep expanding into new areas while keeping our ongoing community projects rolling!

Genome sequencingSeeking collaborator
Posted 4 days ago

Seeking collaboration

Martin Inyimili

I have been working on phages from 2018. I now have several phages which I need to extract their DNA and sequence on the nanopore sequencer. Can someone help me on how to do this especially sequencing several samples at once. Please contact me on Twitter or email [email protected] if you can help.

Virtual Event
Posted 11 days ago

PHAVES 4: How Pranav Johri made it easier to access phage therapy in India

Our next PHAVES event will take place Aug. 4 at 11:00 AM EST / 8:30 PM IST. We’ll be interviewing Pranav Johri, founder of Vitalis Phage Therapy, about his impressive progress improving access to phage therapy in India. Pranav is also the creator and host of the All About Phage Therapy virtual series.

AIPlatform
Posted 11 days ago

Phage.ai Update

Phage.ai, the interactive platform created by Piotr Tynecki (SLAVIC AI) and Proteon Pharmaceuticals, has released a new update! You can use phage.ai to access 10K phage sequences with extended characteristics (lifecycle, taxonomy, hosts, topology, strandedness, etc), make predictions about your own phages (eg. predict lifestyle), and more!

COVIDConference
Posted 11 days ago

PhageOption 2020 Postponed

The PhageOption 2020 meeting scheduled to take place in Cartagena, Colombia, in November has been postponed to 2022.

Virtual EventArtificial intelligence
Posted 18 days ago

Join us this coming Tuesday, July 21 for PHAVES 3!

Phage Directory

Our next PHAVES event will be Tuesday, July 21 at 11 AM Eastern, 5 PM CEST (GMT+2).

Piotr Tynecki of SLAVIC AI, the creator of phage.ai, will give a talk entitled "Boosting phage exploration by Artificial Intelligence: what could data science do for your research?"

Sign up here at seminars.phage.directory. If you’ve already signed up for the whole series, no action necessary! You’ll get an email closer to the date.

Wondering about the recap/recording of PHAVES 2? We will recap PHAVES 2 and 3 in next week’s Capsid & Tail.

Q&A
Posted 18 days ago

Question for the community

Emmanuel Nnadi, Plateau State University, Nigeria

Would you consider a phage that has acitivity against Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus capitis, Salmonella typhi, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas spp an asset or liability? Good phage or bad phage? Email: [email protected]

Seeking equipment
Posted 18 days ago

Seeking used phage equipment

Emmanuel Nnadi, Plateau State University, Nigeria

Are you changing lab or upgrading equipment? Consider donating used or old equipment to our phage lab to help us build our phage capacity. Email: [email protected]

Virtual Event
Posted 18 days ago

Pseudomonas Seminar Series

Cassandra Nelson, University of Maryland

Next week’s Pseudomonas Seminar will be held on Tuesday July 21th at 1pm EST. Our speaker will be Dr. Patrick Secor from the University of Montana presenting “The intersection of quorum sensing and Pf bacteriophage replication”. Register here.

Virtual EventArtificial intelligence
Posted 25 days ago

Join us July 21 for PHAVES 3!

Phage Directory

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for PHAVES earlier this week, where Elyse Stachler talked about her research into combining phages with disinfectants. We had a great time meeting so many of you at the breakout sessions that followed! Her session will be recapped later this month here in Capsid & Tail!

Our next event will be Tuesday, July 21 at the same time, 11 AM Eastern, 5 PM CEST (GMT+2). Piotr Tynecki of SLAVIC AI, the creator of phage.ai, will give a talk entitled “Boosting phage exploration by Artificial Intelligence: what could data science do for your research?” Sign up here at seminars.phage.directory. If you’ve already signed up for the whole series, no action necessary! You’ll get an email closer to the date.

Detection of foodborne pathogensFunding opportunity
Posted 25 days ago

Call for proposals

Innovative Solutions Canada

Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) has an open grant call for “Detection of food borne pathogenic bacteria using field deployable instruments”. Any phage companies in Canada working on such things? Apply by July 28, 2020. Check out other ISC challenges here.

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 25 days ago

All About Phage Therapy: Dr. Vinod Kumar

Vitalis Phage Therapy

This Sunday, Dr Vinod Kumar CS will share his expertise of 20yrs working w/ #Bacteriophage & #AMR on Ep. 8 of #AllAboutPhageTherapy! His recent studies include #PhageKinetics of #MRSA phages & #Phage as alternative to chlorine to treat wastewater. Tune in 12 Jul 4pm IST.

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted a month ago

Watch: All About Phage Therapy Episode 7

Vitalis Phage Therapy

In case you missed it, Pranav Johri of Vitalis Phage Therapy interviewed Jean-Paul Pirnay of the Queen Astrid Military Hospital in Belgium today on All About Phage Therapy. Watch the recording here!

Soil viruses
Posted a month ago

Seeking labs that have cultured soil viruses

Gary Trubl

Hey virus people! I would like to get a list of labs that have cultured soil viruses. If you are one or know one can you add to the list? Only the lab name & website are required. This resource would really help the community. RT — @gtrubl on Twitter

Phage DirectoryVirtual Event
Posted a month ago

PHAVES is back on Tuesday with Dr. Elyse Stachler!

Phage Directory

Our virtual event series, PHAVES, continues this coming Tuesday, July 7 at 11:00 AM Eastern (GMT-4) / 5:00 PM Zurich (GMT+2). Dr. Elyse Stachler, postdoc at Eawag in Switzerland, will share her research into combining phages with disinfectants. After that, we’ll host a set of small-group breakout rooms so everyone can meet a few new faces in the phage field. Register here: https://seminars.phage.directory/

Seeking collaboratorSeeking opportunities
Posted a month ago

Seeking research & networking opportunities

Abiola Olaitan

I am excited about moving to Canada and seeking research opportunities (academia or industry) in phage therapy in Canada. I am an early-career researcher with robust experience in bacterial antibiotic resistance and host-pathogen interactions. I plan to transition into phage therapy research at the interphase of microbial antibiotic resistance and virulence. I am currently seeking networking and research opportunities in academic or industrial institutions in Canada. Email: [email protected]

LysinsVirtual Event
Posted a month ago

IBRC Webinar July 9: Prof. Yves Briers

International Bacteriophage Research Consortium

International Bacteriophage Research Consortium (IBRC), created by Open Health Systems Laboratory (OHSL), USA and Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC), University of Delhi, India is organizing an online lecture by Prof. Yves Briers from Ghent University, Belgium on “From discovery to high-throughput engineering of phage lysins targeting Gram-negative bacteria”. Recently, Yves Briers and team have developed a brilliantly conceptualized high-throughput discovery platform ‘VersaTile’ an iterative approach to design, build, and screen engineered lysins. Yves Briers will be joining us from Ghent, Belgium on 9 July (Wednesday) at 5.00 pm Indian Standard Time (IST)/ 1.30 pm Central European Summer Time (CEST). We look forward to your participation. For registration, please click: https://bit.ly/3dWKrD4

Virtual Event
Posted a month ago

Save the date for PHAVES 2!

Phage Directory

PHAVES will continue on July 7th, most likely at 11:00 AM EDT (UTC-4) / 5:00 PM CEST (UTC+2), so save the date!

Details will be posted here closer to the date: https://seminars.phage.directory.

Check out the recap (and recording) of episode 1 here! Thanks to everyone who joined us for the kick-off, and we hope to see you on the 7th!

Seeking phages
Posted a month ago

Seeking T2 & T6 phages

Jeremy Barr, Monash University

The Barr lab is looking for laboratory-adapted strains of T2 and T6 phage from different labs to examine variation between them and older stocks. If you have either of these phages and would be willing to send us an aliquot of blot that would be greatly appreciated. We would acknowledge receipt and use of phages in any upcoming manuscripts. Email: [email protected]

Seeking phages
Posted a month ago

Seeking P. aeruginosa phages in development

Camilo Barbosa

Hi @phagedirectory, I’m looking for phages against P. aeruginosa that are in the processes of getting FDA approval or are already approved for use in humans as therapy. Can you help me spreading the word or pointing me in the right direction? DM with +info, thx! — @cbarbosap88

BioinformaticsPhage methods
Posted 2 months ago

Seeking advice

Hello, #phage tweeps! I have a question. Suppose you have a bunch of phage MAGs, each composed of more than 1 contig: how do you calculate their completeness? I have a couple of ideas, but I still need to evaluate their feasibility. - @MichaelTangher1 on Twitter; check thread for responses!

Antibiotic resistanceSeeking collaborator
Posted 2 months ago

Seeking collaborator

I’m looking for a collaborator on #phage #phagetherapy #Acinetobacter & antimicrobial resistance. The call is specifically for a collaboration with Japan. Please let me know if you know anyone - Thank you! DM or email: Leptihn(at)intl.zju.edu.cn - @LeptihnLab on Twitter

Capsid & TailGuest writingPhage Directory
Posted 2 months ago

Excited about your new paper? Consider writing a Behind-the-Paper blog post!

Phage Directory

Do you have a new or upcoming paper that you’re excited about sharing with the phage community? We’d like to publish more Behind the Paper articles (like last week’s by Prof. Yves Briers) in future Capsid & Tail issues. To take part, email [email protected], and we’ll get you set up as a guest writer.

Engineered phagesSpecial Issue
Posted 2 months ago

Special Issue of Pharmaceuticals journal

Paul Hyman, Ashland University

Are you modifying phages, genetically or chemically, to improve their ability to act as therapeutics? Attaching toxins so the phage capsid provides specificity to target bacteria? Creating phage based vaccines? If you are making modified phages for treatments, please consider contributing to a special issue of Pharmaceuticals titled “Bacteriophages as Therapeutic Delivery Vehicles” edited by Paul Hyman ([email protected]), Tina Schneider ([email protected]), and Bryan Gibb ([email protected]). Contact us for more information.

Phage characterizationSeeking collaborator
Posted 2 months ago

Seeking collaborator

Emmanuel Nnadi, Plateau State University

We have in our collection, E. coli, P. aeruginosa and S. aureus phages. We would wish to characterize them molecularly and under the microscope. We do not have any such capacity in our lab. We see for collaboration to enable us to characterize these phages. If you are interested in these phages. Please reach me via [email protected]

Virtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

PHAVES Kick-off Party!

Phage Directory

Phage Directory’s Virtual Event Series, PHAVES, starts this Tuesday, June 16 at 9:00 AM MDT (GMT-6)! For the kickoff event, Jessica and Jan will introduce the virtual series and Phage Directory’s projects for 2020, and we’ll then grab coffee and/or beer, catch up with everyone, and meet some new faces! No registration required: Zoom link will be posted here closer to the date: https://seminars.phage.directory/

Phage DirectoryPhage communitySponsorship Program
Posted 2 months ago

New! Phage Directory Sustaining Sponsor Program

Phage Directory

We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched an ongoing sponsorship program for Phage Directory’s community building activities, and we have our first Bronze Sponsor: JAFRAL!

JAFRAL is the world’s only CMO/CRO dedicated primarily to phage manufacturing, and we are thrilled to have their ongoing support.

This support helps us continue to build up the phage community and especially to plan for the long term, and we are very grateful! Email [email protected] to learn more about how you can support us.

Seeking scholarship support
Posted 2 months ago

Seeking scholarship support

Atiwich Patthamapornsirikul

My name is Atiwich and I am graduated from Horticultural Science at University of Bologna. I am a prospect Ph.D. student at Plant Pathology, INRAe PACA, Avignon, France, in the research project entitled “Building biocontrol of plant disease caused by Pseudomonas syringae from the knowledge of biodiversity of phages naturally present in agriculture”. I am nominated as a waiting list for Franco-Thai scholarship but the grant can be at 1060 euro per month while there is some amount to be fulfilled. I am writing this letter to ask for a partial scholarship. Thank you. If you can help, please email me at [email protected].

Phage researchVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

Lecture by Prof. Graham Hatfull: Mycobacteriophages: Diversity, dynamics and therapy

We are very pleased to have Prof. Graham Hatfull share his inspiring body of work on mycobacteriophages through live in discussion with us. Graham Hatfull’s research focuses on the molecular genetics of the mycobacteria and their bacteriophages. His work with students has served as an impressive model for the HHMI Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) program in the United States that introduces undergraduate students to authentic scientific research in a two-term course and has facilitated collection of over 15,000 phage isolates. This collection of phages led to the creation of a phage cocktail that was recently used to fight an antibiotic resistant infection in a 15-year old lung transplant patient.

Prof. Hatfull will be joining us from Pittsburgh, USA on Wednesday, 17 June at 6.30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST)/ 9 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Register here.

Phage researchVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

Phages 2020 Virtual

Muhammad Sohail, Conference Director

09-10 September 2020
http://lpmhealthcare.com/phages-2020-virtual/
Twitter: @PhageOxford; Hashtag: #PhgOx20V
Email: [email protected]

The themes and focus of the meeting will be all aspects of bacteriophage research, in particular bacteriophage application in medicine, food and biotechnology.

The meeting will run over two days, with a 3-4 hour session each day, consisting of invited presentations by senior scientists, and submitted short presentations by emerging researchers and students. There will also be an opportunity to present posters digitally. We particularly invite emerging phage researchers – final-year doctoral students and early-/mid-career postdoctoral researchers/junior group leaders – to submit abstracts for short oral and poster presentations to benefit from this unique opportunity.

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

Episode 5 of “All About Phage Therapy”

Vitalis Phage Therapy

In the fifth episode of All About Phage Therapy, we talked with Dr Aradhana Vipra, head of microbiology and Dr Jagadeesh Bhat, senior scientific manager at India’s first phage research company, GangaGen Biotechnologies. If you have any questions regarding phage therapy, please write to us at [email protected]

Virtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

Save the date for PHAVES!

Phage Directory

It’s almost time for PHAVES: Phage Directory Virtual Event Series! (The acronym was too good; how could we not?)

Save the date for June 16 at 8 AM Pacific Time (GMT-7) (details to come).

And we’re keeping signups open on a rolling basis, so go ahead and sign up if you’d like to present this summer. Or you can nominate your phaves for PHAVES, like some have already done. (Do that by email at [email protected]). See you on Zoom soon!

Many thanks to Stephanie Lynch from the Helbig Lab at La Trobe University for helping us organize this series! Also it’s her birthday this week! Happy birthday Stephanie!

Phage DirectoryPhage methods
Posted 2 months ago

Sharing phage protocols: help others, help yourself

Got phage protocols, or wish you did? The community can probably help!

Here’s an example from Twitter: “Hey, I’m working on phages and need to extract phage dna for characterization. Would you recommend Zymo kit for extraction? If not, which kit would work for me?” —@mart_1982 (Check the thread for responses).

We’re also starting to collect phage protocols in our Slack group. Eventually we’ll create a phage methods compendium based on what’s shared.

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

Episode 4 of “All About Phage Therapy”

Vitalis Phage Therapy

In the 4th ed. of #AllAboutPhageTherapy we’re honored to have Dr Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Kutter live in discussion. Lovingly referred to as “The First Lady of #PhageResearch”, Betty is one of the most experienced & respected phage experts worldwide. Make sure to tune in: May [email protected] IST.

CorrectionPhage Directory
Posted 2 months ago

Update to Capsid & Tail: Could phages cure asthma?

Phage Directory

We learned that the CURE project partner from Sweden, which we wrote about in last week’s Capsid & Tail article, “Could phages cure asthma?”, is no longer part of the CURE team. Thanks very much to Sofia Romagosa at the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) for bringing this to our attention!

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

Save the date for Episode Three of All About Phage Therapy!

Vitalis Phage Therapy

Tune in at 11 a.m. IST this Sunday, 24th May for a live discussion with Dr. Gopal Nath, who will talk to us about his experiences with clinical application of phage therapy, presenting phage therapy to medical regulators, and the century-old connection of phages to the river Ganges, which flows through the historic city of Varanasi, where he resides, and lots more!

Catch the recordings of episodes 1 and 2 (interviews with Sanjay Chhibber and Mzia Kutateladze) here.

Apply NowVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

Apply to present in the Phage Directory Virtual Event Series!

Phage Directory

Sign up to present your research in the upcoming Phage Directory Virtual Events Series! And let us know who you’d like to hear from, or suggest a topic, by contacting us on Slack or via email: [email protected].

We’ll be tailoring the format of these talks to each presenter/topic. Formats we’re considering: research seminar, panel discussion, mini poster blitz sessions, one-on-one interviews, journal club, informal mixer, AMA (Ask Me Anything).

We’re already putting the summer schedule together, so please register your interest by June 5! And if you’re interested in sponsoring, email [email protected] and we’ll send you details.

And a very special thank you to Stephanie Lynch, who is helping us organize!

Apply NowVirtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

Apply to present in the Phage Directory Virtual Event Series!

The phage community wants virtual events! We’re working hard on answering that call.

You can now apply to present your research, or nominate a speaker, topic or format via Slack or email: [email protected].

Formats we’re considering: traditional research seminar + Q&A, panel discussion, interview, journal club, informal mixer, AMA (Ask Me Anything).

And if you’re interested in sponsoring, email [email protected] and we’ll send you details.

We’re starting soon, so stay tuned!

Special IssueViruses of Microbes
Posted 3 months ago

Special Issue: Viruses of Microbes 2020

Submissions are open to the special issue of the journal Viruses, “Viruses of Microbes 2020: The Latest Conquests on Viruses of Microbes”.

This issue is associated with the 2021 meeting from the International Society of Viruses of Microbes (ISVM) to be held in Guimarães, Portugal in 2021, and intends to be a platform for the latest advances on research of microbial viruses, from ecology and evolution, to virus structure and function, and from virus-host interaction to biotechnology applications and phage therapy.

ISVM members receive a 10% discount and a limited number of fee waivers is available. Please contact guest editors in advance by email about planned submissions. Guest editors: Tessa Quax, Marianne De Paepe, Karin Holmfeldt.

Undergraduate ResearchSeeking phage data
Posted 3 months ago

Seeking phage data for undergraduate Bioanalytical Phage course

Maria Cambraia Guimaro, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

I am a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate working for STEM BUILD, an undergraduate success initiative investigating ways to enhance the diversity and success of STEM students. We offer an 8-week Summer Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience during their sophomore year. Initially, we were planning to have the students performing molecular biology experiments and chemistry analytical experiments about phages or their environments. Usually, the students perform some analysis, write an abstract, and present a poster at a local undergraduate symposium.

As we will not be able to perform bench experiments on campus due to COVID-19, I am trying to get access to previously generated data related to phages (or to their original environment) to analyze with our students. I am seeking researchers willing to share any spare analytical data (chromatography, mass spectrometry, pH, samples moisture, cations, salt concentration, organic matter, microscopy images, etc) that can be used in our class. You would be included in any analysis or material produced by our students during this summer experience. 
 
Additionally, is anyone aware of any online bank or open database where researchers deposit analytical/chemical data from phages? The data could be also related to the environment where these phages were collected (soil, water, etc) or any other analysis related to phages.

If you can help, please contact me at [email protected].

Seeking collaborator
Posted 3 months ago

Seeking Norwegian collaborator

Jesca Lukanga Nakavuma (BVM, PhD), Makerere University

We are applying for NORHED II grants and we wish to actualize the Eastern Africa phage research consortium aimed at establishing/upgrading a lab for in-depth characterization of phages, establishing a phage bank, and developing regional policies for phage applications. I am spearheading a proposal on phages against zoonotic pathogens from animal production systems.

We plan to have Makerere University as the lead applicant for the Southern partners with others including someone from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Institute of primate research in Kenya. We must have a Norwegian collaborator. Establishing linkages with biological product companies for production at commercial scale is also important.

Please contact [email protected] if you are interested.

Seeking collaborator
Posted 3 months ago

Seeking European collaborator

Emmanuel Nnadi, Plateau State University, Bokkos, Nigeria

Would you be interested in collaborating on a grant fellowship application? I plan to apply for the EDCTP-TMA2020CDF - Career Development Fellowships on poverty-related diseases particularly evaluating the role of phage therapy in diarrhoeal infections with particular emphasis on E. coli. This will require a European partner to collaborate on this project.

If you would be interested in collaborating on this project please freely reach me via email [email protected].

Phage DirectoryVirtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

Let’s get some virtual phage events going!

Phage Directory

We’ve heard from many of you that you’re missing out on hearing about each other’s phage work! So we’re putting together a plan for a series of virtual phage events.

Let us know your topic suggestions, nominate a speaker (maybe yourself!), and share virtual event tips in our Slack group: https://phage.directory/slack.

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

Upcoming Virtual Series: All About Phage Therapy

Vitalis Phage Therapy

In these difficult times of pandemic lockdowns and quarantine, we bring you a series of discussions called “All About Phage Therapy”. For the first discussion, senior microbiologist Prof. Sanjay Chhibber from Panjab University will be joining us on Facebook Live on Sunday, 10th May at 11 am Indian Standard Time. Join at https://facebook.com/VitalisPhageTherapy.

AquacultureVirtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

Upcoming Virtual Event: Phages for aquaculture

Aquatic Biologicals

We are excited to announce and share with you the forthcoming talk of the CEO and founder of Aquatic Biologicals, Dr. Pantelis Katharios, who is going to give a webinar through #EAStalk on “Phage therapy as an alternative treatment in aquaculture. Applications in fish hatcheries”. If you are interested in getting further insights about bacteriophages and the great potential of phage therapy, make sure you mark your calendars for 26th May at 14.00 CET/Brussels time.

Phage RequestCOVID
Posted 3 months ago

RNA phage request

Jameel Ahmad Khan, PhD, Head R&D (IVD-Division), Trivitron Healthcare

I am working on a COVID-19 RNA isolation kit. We are observing huge lab to lab variations in RNA yield among Pathology labs. Therefore, I am planning to use RNA phage Particles as internal control for RNA isolation. Can you please help me in sourcing M2 phage or any similar harmless/safe RNA phage for this purpose through your phage community network? [email protected]

Phage TherapyAMR
Posted 3 months ago

Seeking farm samples for phage hunting

Steffanie Strathdee, IPATH, UCSD

Do you live on a farm? IPATH is finally re-opening after our lab was swamped by COVID19. We’re looking for volunteers to send samples from animal farms for phage hunts. Email [email protected] for instructions if you want to help!

Research opportunityWriting opportunity
Posted 3 months ago

Seeking opportunity

Hi, My name is Sunil Nawaz. I have M.phil in Microbiology degree with published research work. I have experience in blog writing, science writing, Academic teaching and Pharmaceutical Microbiology Lab. I am looking for a Job in a research group or a PhD studentship. I am also available for any roles in science publishing journals. If you think we can have a talk please contact me at [email protected]. You can also connect to me via LinkedIn. Thank you.

Seeking collaborators
Posted 3 months ago

Seeking Research Partner in Portugal

Hi I’m Prathaban Munisamy (Ph.D., Microbiology), working as Assistant Professor, in a deemed University in Tamilnadu, India. Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India, has called India-Portugal joint proposal of research. I would like to propose a project on Bacteriophage, for this I need a Portugal research partner jointly to apply for India-Portugal research program. Any suggestions or relevant information for the above said are highly appreciated. Email: [email protected]

Seeking postdoc opportunity
Posted 4 months ago

Seeking postdoc opportunity

I am Kübra CAN, I am working at Istanbul University of Medicine Turkey, I am looking a postdoc researcher position for one year about phages, especially European countries. I have strong experience about clinical microbiology, phage isolation, phage therapy. My country Turkey will give me scholarship from TUBITAK for covering my salary and I need to apply an invitation letter. You can reach me by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @KbraCan72857683.

Thank you so much for your help,
Best regards
Kübra CAN

AIPlatformBioinformatics
Posted 4 months ago

A new update for phage.ai is coming soon

Featuring:

  • extended life cycle classifier with chronic infection support
  • novel taxonomy classifier for ORDER, FAMILY and GENUS
  • CSV data export, batch upload, performance improvements
  • REST API and phageai Python package
  • More than 11k public phages

Follow @phageai on Twitter to stay up to date!

NewsletterGlobal HealthPhage workshop
Posted 4 months ago

Phages for Global Health Newsletter

Phages for Global Health’s newsletter is out (subscribe here). They announce they’ve acquired the funding for their first phage workshop in Asia, set to take place in Malaysia in November 2020 if the COVID situation allows.

NewsletterPhage Therapy
Posted 4 months ago

IPATH Newsletter

IPATH’s quarterly newsletter is out (subscribe here); in it they discuss how an IPATH phage lab, the Pride Lab, is now doing COVID testing. They interview IPATH physician Saima Aslam about phage therapy, COVID, and life. They’ve also got links to several great seminars on COVID, evolution, AMR and phages. Of note, IPATH’s intake of new phage therapy patients is currently on hiatus due to the COVID crisis.

COVIDConference
Posted 4 months ago

VoM2020 Postponed to July 2021

Viruses of Microbes 2020 will be postponed by one year: the proposed new dates are 05-09 July 2021. Read more at www.vom2020.org.

Slack communityForumDiscussion
Posted 4 months ago

You’re invited to Phage Directory’s Slack Community

This week we introduced a new channel: #phage-manufacturing; come here to discuss anything related to scale-up of phage preparations (challenges, opportunities, questions, helpful papers, etc).

In March, we introduced a #covid-amr channel (read more about why here).

We’ve also got a #phage-ai-ml channel (stay tuned for a new seminar series on this topic).

Join these conversations at https://phage.directory/slack!

COVIDPhage display
Posted 4 months ago

Crowdfight COVID-19 is seeking researchers with phage display expertise

Task [590a] A researcher is exploring the possibility of using selected phages (instead of anti-bodies) to detect COVID-19 antigens in ELISA. Phages have been used earlier for ELISA with the advantage of lower cost, ease of production and greater affinity. He is looking for any researchers with experience in phage display to discuss these ideas.

If interested, fill out the form here. Subscribe to hear about more Crowdfight COVID tasks here.

Seeking phages for research
Posted 4 months ago

Seeking phage for research

Catherine M. Loc-Carrillo, MSc, PhD
Director, Micro-Phage Epi Laboratory

Dear phageophiles – I’m hoping that one of you has or knows someone who has Pseudomonas phi6 (ATCC 21781-B1). I’m trying to get hold of this phage so I can use it as a control for some of our experiments. The ATCC no longer has that phage in stock – they didn’t say why. I don’t need the bacterial host as I have that in my lab so shipping phage should be less of an issue. I’ll be happy to use my FedEx account so it doesn’t cost you anything.
Sincerely, Catherine
[email protected]

Q&ACOVID
Posted 4 months ago

Impacts of COVID crisis on phage activities?

Milan Bunata, MB Pharma

Hi everyone, has your phage activities been affected by the COVID situation? If so, how? Fortunately, we are still 100% working, but not knowing if we are the only one? Or one of few? What is your situation? [email protected]

ConferenceCOVIDUpdate
Posted 4 months ago

Viruses of Microbes 2020 Conference Update

On account of the current situation of worldwide spreading coronavirus SARS-CoV2, the organising committee might have to consider post-postponing Viruses of Microbes 2020, initially planned to take place on the 13-17 July. However, due to the uncertainty related to the effect of this worldwide spreading, it would be too premature to set now a new date. As a result we have decided to:
i) Extend the abstract submission period until the end of April;
ii) Suspend, for now, registration.

We will of course continue monitoring the situation concerning COVID-19 and as soon as we have a clearer picture of the situation we will update this information.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
Joana Azeredo and Madalena Pimentel

Q&A
Posted 4 months ago

Twitter Q&A: SARS-CoV2-like phages?

From Karen Maxwell, via Twitter: #phage community - which phage is most SARS-CoV2 like? Seems like many assays for inactivation, etc could be widely performed and then translated. Who has stocks???

BioinformaticsResources
Posted 4 months ago

Free Bioinformatics Resources

From Elizabeth McDaniel, via Twitter: There’s a lot of interest right now for learning bioinformatics skills while lab research is suspended and everybody is working from home. I wanted to share free resources for learning coding basics and field-specific materials. (See thread for tons of resources!)

New VolunteersPhage Directory
Posted 4 months ago

A warm welcome to our new volunteers!

Phage Directory has three new volunteers! Please welcome Lauren Dunlop, Dr. Rohit Kongari and Lizzie Richardson! Lauren helps us behind the scenes with things like finding out about grants we can apply for. Rohit and Lizzie are currently helping us with Capsid & Tail: finding cool phage articles, jobs and anything else the phage community should know about. Thanks so much to each of you, we are incredibly grateful for your hard work and enthusiasm!

Also, we’d also like to acknowledge all of our Capsid & Tail guest writers and social media assistants we’ve had to date; these are all volunteers too!

Thank you to all of you for helping us keep our community informed and inspired!!

Global HealthResource-limited settings
Posted 4 months ago

Seeking interviewees

Dr. Minmin Yen, PhagePro

We’re looking to explore the whole ecosystem of diarrheal disease prevention in low- and middle-income countries through short video interviews. We would particularly welcome those who are working on developing phage products in resource-limited settings. We’d love to hear your stories. Please get in touch by email ([email protected]) if you’re interested in talking to us (we’re looking to conduct interviews before April 10). Thank you for giving us your precious time, and we appreciate hearing your insights!

Seeking phages
Posted 4 months ago

Seeking Mycobacterium phages

We have a cow we suspect has Johne’s disease (Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis infection). Does anyone have phages for this bacteria that might also infect M. smegmatis? Currently, there is no treatment; vaccine was discontinued in US and antibiotics would cost 50X the price of the cow. Normally you just cull the infected cattle and then need to test/monitor herd. So I figured being a phage researcher I might as well try… Please email [email protected].

Posted 4 months ago

Monash-UCSD Bacteriophage Symposium: Postponed

Jeremy Barr, Monash University

Hello everyone, due to the COVID-19 situation we will be postponing the Monash-UCSD Bacteriophage Symposium that was to be held in Melbourne on the 30th of March. We will instead explore online options and will update about this at a later date. Our apologies to all attendees.

In memory
Posted 4 months ago

In memory of Merry Youle

Merry Youle, author of Thinking Like A Phage, Life in our Phage World, blogger emerita for Small Things Considered, and beloved member of the phage community, has sadly passed away.

Seeking phages for research
Posted 5 months ago

Seeking Phi6 and MS2 phages for research

Karen Kormuth, Bethany College

I’m hoping to use Phi6 and MS2 as a surrogate model system for studying infectious disease transmission. I previously worked at Pitt on influenza viruses, so I’m new to the phage community. Because we’re such a small college, I have an extremely limited budget and can’t afford to purchase the commercial phage. Are there any researchers out there who might be willing to share Phi6 and/or MS2 with my lab? Please contact me at [email protected] if you can help.

MeetupPostponed
Posted 5 months ago

Boston PFU Meeting Postponed

Siân Owen, Harvard University

Hello everyone,
Due to pesky eukaryotic viruses, next week’s PFU meeting will be postponed. On the bright side, last week we received some funding from New England Biolabs to continue catering the meetings, so you can look forward to the resumption of PFU meetings with food and beers later in the year.
Stay sane,
Siân

ConferenceCOVID
Posted 5 months ago

VoM COVID Policy Announcement

Dear colleagues,

We are working towards the VoM2020, which is planned to take place on the 13-17 July, in the consideration that the situation will be solved by that occasion. The Organizing Committee is naturally closely monitoring the situation concerning COVID-19 through both the daily situation reports from the World Health Organization and the Portuguese Health Authorities.

If, in the unlikely situation the COVID-19 outbreak will not be solved in July, we may consider postponing the meeting but never cancelling it.

The dead-line for abstract submission will be extended to 30th March. Please visit our website www.vom2020.org

We look forward to welcoming you in Portugal in July 2020,

Joana & Madalena
On behalf of the organizing committee

Special Issue
Posted 5 months ago

Special Issue about phage therapy in “Microorganisms” Journal

Adelaide Almeida, University of Aveiro

The journal Microorganisms has a special phage issue open called “Bacteriophage Treatment as an Alternative Technology to Inactivate Pathogenic Bacteria: A Generalized Worldwide Growing Acceptance”. Guest editor: Prof. Dr. Adelaide Almeida, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Phage meetup
Posted 5 months ago

Boston PFU’s Second Meetup

The second meeting of Boston PFU (Phage Fanatics United) takes place March 19 at 5:30 pm at the Harvard Medical School Countway Medical Library. There will be food and two phage research talks (by Mia Liberman and Sian Owen). Doing phage work in the Boston area? Sign up for their Slack channel and mailing list here!

MethodsQ&A
Posted 5 months ago

Q&A: making phage mutants

Important question: if I had a student who wanted to make an undomesticated bacteriophage mutant that could not make plaques, other than conditionally, is there a way other than bashing plaque isolates at two temperatures after random mutagenesis? — @markowenmartin

Check out responses, or add your own thoughts, via Twitter here!

Conference
Posted 5 months ago

Phage talks at the Global Virome in Health and Disease Keystone Symposium

The Global Virome in Health and Disease Keystone Symposium happened this week, and there were many phage talks! Check out the hashtag #ksvirome on Twitter to catch up. And in the spirit of openness, Rob Edwards (SDSU) made his crAssphage presentation for the event available online!

Special IssuePhage Therapy
Posted 5 months ago

Special Issue in Antibiotics on phage therapy

The MDPI journal Antibiotics will publish a special issue on Phage Therapy: A biological Approach to Treatment of Bacterial Infections.

The deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 March 2020. The journal Impact factor is 2.921. Please see the link and contact Saija Kiljunen (via the link) for more information.

Q&A
Posted 5 months ago

Phage Methods Q&A

What is the best way to search an assembled phage contig against human metagenome datasets? Regular blastn at NCBI doesn’t seem to include these, do we have to download the data to search locally or is there an online resource? — @jason_j_gill

Check out the responses on Twitter here!

FundraiserWomen in ScienceBiotechPhage in agriculture
Posted 6 months ago

SciPhage Crowdfunding Campaign

SciPhage is a women-led biotech company out of Colombia aiming to bring science into society and to support female scientists who want to start a biotech business. To get their Salmonella phage cocktail to market, they have announced a fundraiser through IFundWomen. Learn more about SciPhage and their fundraiser here.

Phage TherapyPhage AlertUpdate
Posted 6 months ago

A thank-you to the international phage community

7-year old Australian patient successfully treated with community-sourced phages

The staff of the Infectious Diseases and Orthopaedics departments of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Westmead Institute for Medical Research Iredell lab (Westmead Bacteriophage Therapy Team, New South Wales, Australia) would like to thank the international phage community for their overwhelming generosity in 2019 when a request was made through Phage Directory for compassionate access to phage products to treat our young patient with chronic osteomyelitis of the foot due to a multi-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection.

Our patient was treated for two weeks with a single phage in October 2019 and tolerated the treatment well. There was symptomatic improvement following the completion of treatment and although she continues to be treated with intravenous antibiotics, the potential need for amputation is currently deferred. There are currently no plans for further courses of treatment with phage for this patient unless there is further clinical deterioration.

We would like to thank the phage contributors: Adaptive Phage Therapeutics, Ran Nir-Paz, Ronen Hazan, Rob Lavigne, Jeroen Wagemans, LyseNTech, Nikoline S Olsen, Witold Kot and Lars Hestbjerg Hansen.

WorkshopData analysisBioinformatics
Posted 6 months ago

PATRIC/RAST Bacterial and IRD/ViPR Viral Workshops

The new Bacterial-Viral BRC (BV-BRC), a collaboration between the PATRIC/RAST and IRD/ViPR teams, will be offering a joint bacterial and viral workshop from March 23 through 27 at Argonne National Laboratory in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.

The first 2.5 day section, Mar 23-Mar 25 Noon, will focus on bacterial data and analyses, using the PATRIC/RAST system: Draft Agenda.

The second 2.5 day section, Mar 25 Noon-Mar 27, will focus on viral data and analysis, using the IRD and ViPR systems: Draft Agenda.

Register here and direct questions to Lisa Hundley.

ConferencePhage Therapy
Posted 6 months ago

Missed Phage Futures last week? Catch up here

In case you missed it, last week, along with the help of Sabrina Green and Ella Balasa, we provided live coverage of Phage Futures Congress 2020. Find highlights on our website, and check out coverage on Twitter (#PhageFutures) and Instagram (we’re @phagedirectory on both platforms). And stay tuned for our full conference recap, coming soon.

Conference
Posted 6 months ago

Apply to host Viruses of Microbes 2022!

The Viruses of Microbes (VoM) conference is the official meeting of the International Society of Viruses of Microorganisms (ISVM). We are pleased to open the call for organizing the next VoM conference, to be held mid-2022.

Prospective organizers should first register by email to the ISVM secretary Tessa Quax. They will then receive an application form and a guidance to build the meeting budget. Complete application forms must be submitted by email by 30 April 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by the ISVM board and the selected organizers will be invited to present their application during the General Assembly of our Society on the upcoming VoM conference in July 2020 in Portugal. We welcome applications from researchers worldwide. Please note that we also welcome interest to organize the VoM meeting planned for mid-2024.

Best regards,
Corina Brussaard, President of ISVM (on behalf of the ISVM executive board)

In memory
Posted 6 months ago

In Memory of Jim Hu

Sadly, Dr Jim Hu, a founding member of the Center for Phage Technology at Texas A&M University, has passed away. He was great scientist, dedicated mentor, and valued member of CPT and TAMU. — Center for Phage Technology, Twitter

Jim was passionate about microbial genetics, the application of high throughput data and analysis tools to explore bacterial physiology, and the development of community-based resources. He also developed a two hybrid system for studying protein:protein interactions in E. coli, based on the phage lambda repressor. His warmth, wit, and friendship will be greatly missed.— Gail Christie, Phage Page, Facebook

MethodsQ&A
Posted 6 months ago

Phage Methods Q&A: PEG precipitation

When doing a PEG precipitation of phages, some people (like me) use a PEG stock solution (20-30% w/v PEG in NaCl), whereas other people add the PEG powder directly to the sample.
What are the pros and cons? — @EvelienAdri

Check out the Twitter thread here for answers.

NewsletterPhage Therapy
Posted 7 months ago

Second quarterly IPATH Newsletter

The Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH) at UCSD has published the second issue of its quarterly newsletter.

This issue describes the speaker series they hosted in 2019, which you can watch online, along with info about their upcoming phage therapy clinical trial (phase 2, cystic fibrosis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, phages given IV and nebulized).

Phage Directory
Posted 8 months ago

Happy holidays — See you in the new year!

Merry Christmas! We’ll be taking a break from Capsid & Tail next week, but we’ll be back in the new year, starting with a reflection on 2019 and a look at where Phage Directory is headed in 2020!

P.S. If you’re interested in contributing a Capsid & Tail guest article in 2020, check out our guidelines and register your interest here!

Phage Directory
Posted 8 months ago

Phage Directory visits Eastern Canada: a million thanks to all our hosts!

Thanks so much to Sylvain Moineau at Laval University, David Speicher at McMaster University, and Hany Anany at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for hosting us these last couple of weeks! It’s been fantastic to have the opportunity to present to your teams and departments on what we’ve been learning from the phage community, and what we’re working toward! And it’s been incredibly inspiring learning about your phage work, plans, ideas and progress. We can’t wait to come back!

Request for feedback Viral TaxonomyNomenclature
Posted 8 months ago

Binomial nomenclature for virus species: a consultation

International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)

Bas Dutilh

We are thinking about making virus taxonomy more consistent with the rest of biology by introducing binomial species nomenclature. You know: genus name & species epithet. Do you have an opinion about this? Let us know: Paper | ICTV Public Forum | Tweet thread

Seeking guidance ProteomicsProtocols
Posted 8 months ago

Seeking phage proteomics protocol

Ael Hardy

Has anyone successfully performed proteomics (LC-MS) on whole phage particles (not bands from SDS-PAGE gels)?

Looking for alternative protocols as the one I have been trying has given me a hard time. — @ael_hardy, via Twitter

Seeking guidance Marine phagesProtocolsPhage Isolation
Posted 8 months ago

Seeking optimised protocol for isolation of phages from seawater samples

I am working on isolation and characterisation of marine phages for anti-bio fouling activity. Our lab has assessed the influence of chlorine on different marine microorganisms as well as barnacles, and now we are looking into use of marine bacteriophage therapy for targeting the biofilms involved in microfouling which leads to macrofouling.

I am optimising a protocol for isolation of phages from marine water samples, but somewhere I am making mistakes, leading to negative results. Could anyone please share their optimised protocol for isolation of bacteriophages from sea water samples? Until now I have used a protocol which includes dilution of filtered sea water with 2X culture broth and overnight grown pure culture, but I am looking for an alternate protocol.

Please email me at [email protected] if you can help.

Seeking opportunity Internship
Posted 8 months ago

PhD student seeking unpaid 3 month industry placement

Rebecca Quinn, University of Warwick

My name is Rebecca Quinn, I’m a PhD student at University of Warwick, researching phage genetics. I’m funded by the BBSRC, and under the direction of Dr Richard Puxty.

I have funding for a 3 month work placement/internship in Summer 2020 (there is date flexibility). The placement cannot be lab-based, but all other departments (HR, IT, marketing, etc) are suitable.

I have the right to work in the UK/EU, Canada, and the US and am location-flexible.

Please email me at [email protected] if you know of any opportunities! Thanks.

Seeking guidance Protocols
Posted 8 months ago

Seeking phage titration methods & help

Emmanuel Nnadi, Plateau State University

We have been attempting to get the titre of our phage but don’t seem to know where we are getting it wrong. What’s your preferred protocol? We use the double-layer plaque assay and a McFarlands standard 1.0 for the culture. If you would love to share your protocol you may wish to email me at [email protected].

Phage meetup PhageSocialCollaboration
Posted 9 months ago

Boston PFU (Phage Fanatics United) First Meetup!

Boston PFU

The first meeting of Boston PFU (Phage Fanatics United) will be Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at the Countway Medical Library, Harvard Medical School. Find details and join the mailing list here! This is a social and general meeting, and is open to anyone interested in phages. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Seeking opportunity Seeking opportunity
Posted 9 months ago

Seeking Post Doctoral Research Fellowship

My name is Dr. Adamu Kaikabo Ahmad, currently working at National Veterinary Research Institute Vom, Nigeria. I hold a degree in Veterinary Medicine, and Master degree in Veterinary Science. I obtained my PhD in Bacteriology and Food Safety in 2016. My PhD thesis was on phage therapy against colibacillosis in chickens, an infection caused by avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC). I’ve isolated and characterized numerous phages against E. coli, Riemerella anatipestifer, Aeromonas hydrophila. Looking for a postdoctoral position. Contact [email protected].

Gauging interest Phage meetup
Posted 9 months ago

Boston phage meetup: gauging interest

Amelia McKitterick and Sian Owen, Boston, Massachussetts

Calling all phage enthusiasts in the Boston area! @implosian and I want to organize a meetup with other Boston phage peeps to share ideas and network etc. Trying to gauge interest, so let us know if you would want to participate!

Seeking guidance Phage cocktail
Posted 9 months ago

Questions about E. coli and phages

Michelle Yang

How are strain B and UPEC strains of E. coli similar?
How do you select phages for a phage cocktail?
Please email me at [email protected].

Seeking opportunity Phage TherapyMolecular phage studies
Posted 10 months ago

Seeking postdoctoral position

Dr. Soleimani

I am seeking a research position in phage therapy or molecular phage studies. I hold a Ph.D from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran (Department of microbiology and microbial biotechnology, faculty of life sciences and biotechnology).

My thesis was entitled “Isolation of a lytic bacteriophage effective against Multidrug-resistant (MDR) Klebsiella pneumoniae and the potential of phage therapy against infection in a mouse model” under the supervision of Prof. Fereshteh Eftekhar. During my Ph.D. project, I have experienced almost all the necessary techniques and methods for phage study, phage therapy and lung infection studies in animal models. I am looking for a postdoc or research scientist position. Please contact me at [email protected].

Seeking opportunity Phage TherapyMicrobiologyBiotech
Posted 10 months ago

Seeking PhD position

I have a master’s degree in microbiology. I defended my thesis with the title of ‘Isolation and Identification of Specific Viruses Isolated from the Microbial Corroded Place in the Petroleum Industry’ with the best grade. The title of one of my articles that is published in Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials Journal is ‘Phage therapy of corrosion-producing bacterium Stenotrophomonas maltophilia using isolated lytic bacteriophages’.

I am keen to work in microbiology, bacteriophages (phage therapy) and biotechnology. Please email me at [email protected] if you are interested.

Seeking collaborators Phage IsolationSeeking collaborators
Posted 10 months ago

Seeking collaborators for phage characterization studies

Emmanuel Nnadi, Plateau State University, Bokkos, Nigeria

My lab started isolation of phages from hospital environment, so far we have isolated a phage effective against E.coli and working on phages against P. aeruginosa. As a small unfunded lab we are not able to characterize and store for very long because of electricity. So we are open to collaboration. Any lab willing to collaborate to store and characterize our phage and also open to further studies are welcome. Please email me at [email protected].

Seeking collaborators Phage BiocontrolBanana wilt
Posted 10 months ago

Looking to meet phage scientists, find companies offering EM services, and find out about phage conferences

Dr. Ritah Nakayinga, Kyambogo University, Uganda

Hello passionate phage scientists,
My name is Dr. Ritah Nakayinga and I will be starting phage research, early 2020, at Kyambogo University, Uganda. My research is funded by IDRC/OWSD. I will be developing an effective phage bio-control against the Banana wilt disease of the Banana crop and a major staple food crop in Uganda. I would like to network with phage scientists with similar research interests, get information about companies that offer affordable electron microscopy services and any upcoming future phage conferences in 2021. Reach me at: [email protected].

Q&A Horizontal Gene TransferQ&A
Posted 10 months ago

Seeking method for detecting HGT in sequenced genomes

Dr. Heather Hendrickson

Does anyone have a robust and reliable method that they like for auto detecting HGT in completely sequence genomes? I was playing with HGTecor last week but it seems to be broken. Help? —@DrHHNZ | Tweet thread

Seeking opportunity Phage TherapyBiofilmsWound infections
Posted 10 months ago

Seeking postdoctoral position

Dr. Pallavali Roja Rani

I am seeking a post-doctoral position related to Bacteriophage therapy, Antibiotic Resistance and Biofilm studies. The main objective of my Ph.D. thesis was to study the predominant bacterial isolates of septic wound infections, isolation and characterization of bacteriophages against biofilms of multi drug resistant P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, K. pneumoniae, and E. coli, and application of respective bacteriophages and phage cocktails on the single & dual species biofilms of these predominant bacterial isolates of septic wound infections. Please email me at [email protected] if you know of any opportunities.

New Community Members Phage DirectoryNew Members
Posted 10 months ago

Welcome new Phage Directory members!

Between July 26 and Sep. 30, we welcomed:

  • 16 phage professionals
    Ael Hardy, Anna Dragos, Cesar de la Fuente, Christine Thompson, Fatma Abdelrahman, Francesca Hodges, Geoffrey Hutinet, Hardian Susilo Addy, Jared Schlechte, Jonas Van Belleghem, Karen Weynberg, Ligia Ayala Navarrete, Milan Bunata, Nayeem Bari, Sam Nugen, Tim Blower.

  • 4 phage research labs
    KeRis Terapi Bakteriofag, Blower Lab, Food Micro Lab, Nnadi Lab

  • 9 phage companies
    Bacteriophage & Drug Development Consultants, Cellexus, Clean Cells, Jafral, MB Pharma, PhagoMed Biopharma, PhagePro, SciPhage, Vetophage.

How can I join the community?

Sign up here!

Special Issue Special IssueResearch
Posted 10 months ago

Invitation to submit to "Phage Diversity for Research and Application” issue of Antibiotics

Dr. Christine Rohde

I recently accepted to serve as Guest Editor for the Special Issue “Phage Diversity for Research and Application” of the journal Antibiotics. I would be very pleased if you agreed to contribute a research paper, or a comprehensive review on any research aspect related to phage diversity. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 1 June 2020. The articles will be published upon acceptance, on an ongoing basis.

Antibiotics is a peer-reviewed open access journal on all aspects of antibiotics. It has an impact factor of 2.921 and is indexed in SCIE (Web of Science), Scopus, and PubMed. The Article Processing Charge of 1200 CHF applies to all papers accepted after peer review.

In order for us to plan this Special Issue, we kindly ask you to inform us as to whether you are interested in contributing to this issue.

Many thanks,
Christine Rohde

Seeking opportunity Phage TherapyPhage Genomics
Posted 10 months ago

Seeking job in phage research field

I am looking for jobs in the phage research field. I have almost fifteen years’ experience in phage research particularly on phage genomics and phage therapy in animal, insect and plant models. I have developed a phage based product. It is on the verge of commercialization now. Please contact me at [email protected] if you know any possible opportunities.

Seeking opportunity Research opportunityPhD Project
Posted a year ago

Seeking graduate research position

I am Ritam Das, a third year undergraduate student studying Life Sciences at Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi. I’ve been actively working at the Anti-Mycobacterial Drug Discovery Lab of our college under the guidance of Dr. Urmi Bajpai since December 2018, wherein I am trying to isolate, purify and characterize Mycobacteriophages and phage-derived proteins. Currently, I’m looking for graduate programs (Masters/Masters-PhD integrated) at institutes working on bacteriophages. I wish to apply as a full-time student and to associate myself with a lab to explore phages and phage-derived enzybiotics as credible alternatives to antibiotics. Please contact me at [email protected] if you know of possible opportunities.

Q&A Phage IsolationQ&A#PhageTwitter
Posted a year ago

Seeking community input on using multiple hosts to isolate phages

Anyone inoculate their samples for enriched isolation of phage with multiple hosts to save resources? —@BryanGibb2 | Tweet thread

Seeking opportunity Research opportunity
Posted a year ago

Seeking graduate research position

I am Uchenna Precious Nnadi, a graduate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I am looking for a graduate mentor that will accept to supervise me to develop into a fantastic phage researcher and to provide impactful research and skill to my local community and country, thereby enabling me to grow into a great scientist that will meet local and global issues that relates to health. Please contact me at [email protected] if you know of possible opportunities.

Seeking guidance TEMQ&A#PhageTwitter
Posted a year ago

Seeking tips on imaging phage infection

Hoping to get some really cool #TEM images of cool #phages infecting #bacteria really soon. Anyone have any advice on imaging a phage infection? — @MotherOfPhage | Tweet thread

Seeking opportunity Clinical MicrobiologyPhage TherapyAnimal Model
Posted a year ago

Seeking postdoctoral research opportunity

Dr. Kübra Can

I am seeking a research position in phage therapy or moleculer phage studies. I hold a PhD from Istanbul University (Institute of Health Sciences, Medical Microbiology Department).

I have strong experience in clinical microbiology, bacteriophage therapy and animal disease models. I am interested in clinical microbiology and crosstalk between organs in mouse models. I am also eager to learn and implement new methods and NGS data analysis for future studies.

Please contact me at [email protected]

Seeking opportunity Phage lysins
Posted a year ago

Seeking research exchange opportunity

Fatma Abdelrahman

My name is Fatma Abdelrahman and I have BSc in Microbiology from the Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Egypt. I’m currently a research assistant at the Center of Microbiology and Phage Therapy, Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt. My first paper about phage encapsulation is here.

I am looking forward to obtaining an internship or research visit in the fields of phage therapy, phage lysins, other phage-derived enzymes or related topics. I’m planning to pursue my master degree on these topics and I have chosen it to be my future research area.

If there are no fully funded research grants, there are several local institutions which can aid in providing adequate grants upon being accepted.

Please contact me at [email protected]

Collaboration Request In vivo studiesResearch
Posted a year ago

Seeking collaborators for in vivo lung infection studies

Dr. Swapnil Ganesh Sanmukh

I am Dr. Swapnil Ganesh Sanmukh, presently working on my postdoctoral project (funded my MSCA-COFUND) entitled “Isolation of bacteriophages and lytic enzymes for targeted treatment of chronic bacterial lung infections”. I am looking forward to have collaborations for in-vivo studies. Please email me at [email protected]

Q&A #PhageTwitterQ&AMethods
Posted a year ago

Community Q&A: Removing phages from liquid?

Question:
Hello phage people, does anyone have an improved method to physically remove #phages from liquid broth? Thank you! — @PetrovicFabijan

A subset of the answers to date:

  • We use Amicon filters in my lab to concentrate phage and we’ve noticed that’s there’s a significant amount of phage in the filtrate with the 100 KDa membrane. To remove phage, a different cutoff might be more suitable. —@Z_Doust

  • High protein binding 0.1 um filters —@raw9371

Check the tweet thread for more answers as they come in!

Phage News Source FacebookPhage Community
Posted a year ago

The Phage Page on Facebook

Have you checked out The Phage Page on Facebook? Run by Prof. Gail Christie of Virginia Commonwealth University, this page is a fantastic place to find phage news, research and commentary. We get lots of our “What’s New” articles from Gail’s fantastically-curated page! This week, there’s been an especially large number of news items posted!

Group Chat What's AppPhage Research
Posted a year ago

New phage research What’s App group

Fatma Abdelrhman

Dear phage community,
I’ve created a What’s App group for scientists who work on phage and AMR, to gather them, benefit and share experience, knowledge, and research of phage worldwide. Please join and share the link (https://chat.whatsapp.com/F4gwFkwvHuxLXLuDtGGqLQ) if you like!

Q&A Phage storageMethods#BestOfPhageTwitter
Posted a year ago

Community Q&A: Storing phages?

Question

Any advice on how to store phages/ viruses? I know there are quite a few methods for long-time storage but I’d like to hear your advice. Thanks!
😀 — @LeptihnLab

A few of the answers:

“Easiest way that our lab uses is to make a high titre lysate. You can clean this via ultra-centrifugation into SM buffer, and store long term at 4C. Option to add 0.1 volume chloroform if concerned about sterility. Most phages will keep for decades using this approach […] See our methods paper on this” — @JeremyJBarr

“Will depend on phage and phage-host system. -80 glycerol stocks of phage - needs testing for phage. Or -80 stock of cells that are infected .Or in SM buffer @ 4 if above dont work .Some phage are sensitive to this as well. Can ad CHCl3 to lystates for storage -check CHCl3 first!” — @milja001

“One thing we do is use a modified version of Graham Hatfull’s (@GHatfull) approach for BRED where we extract the genome with phenol chloroform. Can be used later to electroporate back into the host if the phage is unstable. Works good for med genomes <90kbp” — @Phage4Lyfe

Check the tweet thread for more replies as they come in!

Survey SurveyStudent Project
Posted a year ago

Student project: Phage Field Expert Survey

California State University, San Marcos

Olympia Alvarez and Taehoon Ha

We are MPH graduate students from California State University, San Marcos, and this survey is for our capstone project on phage therapy. Due to the limited human clinical cases in the literature, we were advised to interview/survey phage experts in the field. The questions pertain to how/whether phage therapy is done in your area, and your thoughts and recommendations regarding phage therapy. We hope to collect responses between now and early/mid September.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B6K8BK2

Q&A #BestOfPhageTwitter
Posted a year ago

Community Q&A: Extracting phage DNA from low titer lysate?

This week on #phagetwitter: “Anyone have a good protocol for DNA extractions from low titer phage lysates?”@FazzinoLisa

Check out the thread for many helpful answers and links!

Phage Request Phage RequestResearch
Posted a year ago

Seeking Acinetobacter and Pseudomonas phages for research

Noel-David Nogbou
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Pretoria, South Africa

Hello, I am looking for Acinetobacter baumannii bacteriophages and Pseudomonas aeruginosa phage OMKO1. This is for a research project. If you can help, please contact me at [email protected]

Seeking guidance QuestionGenome sequencing
Posted a year ago

Question about phage genome sequencing

Amna Mian
University of Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan

I want to sequence my phage genomes. Could someone tell me where to send, and about the cost? Please email me at [email protected] if you can help.

Q&A Bioinformatics
Posted a year 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!

Seeking opportunity Post DocResearch
Posted a year ago

Seeking phage research opportunity

Golestan University of Medical Sciences

Mahsa Yazdi Gorgan, Iran

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!

Seeking opportunity Genome sequencingPhage characterization
Posted a year ago

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

University of Constantine 1

Ibtihadj Souda Constantine, Algeria

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!

Event MeetupNetworking
Posted a year ago

Phage meetups and talks at ASM Microbe this weekend!

American Society for Microbiology

San Francisco, California

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.

Phage Request Research study
Posted a year ago

Seeking T4 and T7 phage

Universidad de Panamá

Ednner Emmanuel Victoria Blanco Panama City, Panama

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

Seeking references Research support
Posted a year ago

Seeking review articles on phage endolysins

Wuhan Institute of Virology

Fazal Mehmood Khan Wuhan, China

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

Seeking references Research support
Posted a year ago

Seeking references for phage gene loss/genetic drift

University of Warwick

Ellie Jameson

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 year ago

Seeking Propionibacterium freudenreichii phages

University of Copenhagen

Paulina Deptula Copenhagen, Denmark

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 Anticipating phage therapy need
Posted a year ago

Seeking groups who work with Legionella phages

IPATH

Steffanie Strathdee San Diego, California

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 Research study
Posted a year ago

Seeking Vibrio natriegens phages

University of South Florida

Mya Breitbart St. Petersburg, 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 year ago

Seeking groups who work with Legionella phages

PhageVax

Clark Tibbs Newark, Ohio

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 a year ago

Register now for the 2019 Evergreen Phage Bioinformatics Workshop

Evergreen International Phage Meeting

Betty Kutter & Evergreen Organizers Olympia, WA

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!

Seeking environmental samples Phage Isolation
Posted a year ago

Seeking soil samples for phage isolation

Center for Phage Technology

College Station, Texas

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 a year ago

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

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 a year ago

Seeking temperature-inducible P22 prophage

José R Penadés

Glasgow, UK

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 a year ago

Seeking phage typing collections

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 a year ago

Seeking collaborator for phage and host sequencing

University of Haripur

Irshad Ul Haq, PhD, Assistant Professor,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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 a year ago

Thank you to participants of the 2019 Latin America Phage Workshop

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 New VolunteersAnnouncement
Posted a year ago

Welcome, new volunteers!

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.

Phage Hunt Phage TherapyVeterinary MedicineCanine
Posted a year ago

Seeking Pseudomonas phages for a canine ear infection

Phage Directory

Miami Beach, Florida

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 Update
Posted a year ago

Many thanks for helping with the seaturtle

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]!

Update:
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!

Collaboration Request Phage BiocontrolPhage Therapy
Posted a year ago

Seeking collaborators and guidance for phage research

IZSLT

Raniero Lorenzetti
Rome, Italy

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]t.it to talk about this further.

Seeking environmental samples AMRPhage IsolationPhage Therapy
Posted a year ago

Seeking environmental samples for phage hunts!

IPATH

Steffanie Strathdee
San Diego, CA

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

Seeking opportunity Medical microbiologyPhage Therapy
Posted a year ago

Seeking postdoctoral opportunity in medical microbiology / phage therapy

Vellore Institute of Technology

Prasanth Manohar

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!

Seeking guidance Phage IsolationLab tips
Posted a year ago

Seeking tips on how to isolate P. larvae phages

Massey University

Heather Hendrickson
Auckland, New Zealand

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!)

Phage Request Phage TherapyVeterinary Medicine
Posted 2 years ago

Update: Citrobacter phages for sea turtle

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.

Collaboration Request Phage Therapy
Posted 2 years ago

Seeking collaborators and guidance for new phage therapy center

Tribhuvan University

Gunaraj Dhungana
Kathmandu, Nepal

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.

Seeking opportunity Phage PhD project
Posted 2 years ago

Seeking PhD opportunity

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.

Seeking opportunity Phage PhD project
Posted 2 years ago

Seeking PhD opportunity

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research

Mahmuda Akter

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.

Request for donations NonprofitLab SuppliesDonation Request
Posted 2 years ago

Seeking micropipette donations

Phages for Global Health

Tobi Nagel
Oakland, CA

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].

Seeking guidance BioinformaticsPhage GenomesMentorship
Posted 2 years ago

Seeking help with phage genome bioinformatics

Tribhuvan University

Gunaraj Dhungana
Kathmandu, Nepal

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].

Seeking phage data BioinformaticsPhage GenomesAI
Posted 2 years ago

Seeking complete phage genome sequences with lytic/lysogenic labels

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 2 years ago

Seeking diverse Salmonella phages

Harvard Medical School

Sian Owen
Cambridge, MA

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!

Phage Directory Update
Posted 2 years 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!

Seeking opportunity AquaculturePhage PhD projectPhage Therapy
Posted 2 years ago

Seeking PhD opportunity

Pukyong National University

Muhammad Akmal

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.

Phage Hunt Phage TherapyVeterinary Medicine
Posted 2 years ago

Seeking Citrobacter phages for a sea turtle

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]!

Update:
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 2 years ago

Community Board Intro

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)

Seeking opinionsPhage characterization
Posted

Seeking opinions: What makes a characterized bacteriophage?

I wish to find out from phage biologists on this platform what they would like to see in terms of metadata as a minimum for a characterised bacteriophage?
Any comments can be sent to @AgendiaJuandem on twitter. Thanks

Phage DirectoryPhage Therapy
Posted

An update on last week’s Phage Alert

Phage Directory

Last week, we sent an urgent alert for phages on behalf of a patient in Finland with ESBL E. coli. The phage hunt was initiated by Mikael Skurnik and his lab at the University of Helsinki (read a nice profile on the Skurnik Lab’s phage therapy work here).

In the week since we sent the alert, we’ve already had 12 additional labs from 9 countries offer to provide or test phages. MANY thanks to all who have contributed to date! The Skurnik group (especially Saija Kiljunen) is working hard to ship out the patient’s isolate to these labs, and in some cases shipments have already been received!

Thanks so much to:

  • Mikael Skurnik and Saija Kiljunen / University of Helsinki (Finland; Original requesting team)
  • Ronen Hazan / Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Heejoon Myung / Bacteriophage Bank of Korea (South Korea)
  • Adelaide Almeida / University of Aveiro (Portugal)
  • Emmanuel Nnadi / Plateau State University (Nigeria)
  • Austen Terwilliger / BCM Tailor Labs (USA)
  • Julianne Grose / Brigham Young University (USA)
  • Christophe Chatain / Vetophage (France)
  • Milan Bunata / MB Pharma (Czechia)
  • Boris Estrada / Fagenbank (Netherlands)
  • Lone Brondsted (Denmark)
  • Hedieh Attai / IPATH (USA)
  • Daniela Dias / Technophage (Portugal)

Thank you also to the colleagues of the above; we’ve listed one person from each lab/organization, but of course they are not the only ones key to this effort. We appreciate all who take part in this important work!

There’s still time to get involved; reach out to [email protected] if you can help.

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