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.

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ISVMVirtual EventViruses of microbes
Posted 6 days ago

The World Microbe Forum 2021 (June 20-24, online; an ASM and FEMS collaboration) this year will include a session on viruses of microbes convened by Madalena Pimental and Rob Lavigne, on behalf of the Viruses of Microbes 2020 team and ISVM, the International Society for Viruses of Microorganisms (become a member for free here: http://isvm.org).

The session will be on June 23, and is entitled ‘What’s New in the World of Viruses of Microbes?’ This symposium focuses on recent advances in the fundamental biology and utility of the viruses of microorganisms, archaeal viruses, bacteriophages (or phages, the viruses of bacteria) and the viruses of microbial eukaryotes. This session provides the opportunity for young researchers to present their work.

Register/submit an abstract now—early registration ends May 11; abstracts due by May 7.

ClubhouseVirtual Event
Posted 6 days ago

Next week on Clubhouse Phage Phridays (audio-only, casual drop-in discussions), our guest will be Dominic Sauvageau from the University of Alberta, who will chat with us about the ‘phage virulence index’ his lab has developed to quantify phage infectivity (check out their paper here). When: May 7 at 1PM Central time. Welcome one and all!

Follow Phage Club within the Clubhouse app to find the event!

Conference
Posted 6 days ago

We cordially invite you to participate in the 2nd German Phage Symposium, which will take place Sept 13-14, 2021 at the University of Hohenheim, and will include keynote speakers Prof. Anat Herskovits, Prof. Ian J. Molineux and Prof. Dr. John Chen.

For early career scientists, a “Young Scientists Poster Prize” will be awarded, and the winners have the chance to present their research on September 14.

Register here by June 15. Please note, the number of participants is limited to 100, because the Symposium is planned as a face-to-face event. If this option will not be possible due to the pandemic, we will switch to an online format.

ConferenceVirology
Posted 13 days ago

Dear fellow virologists,
Welcome to the first conference of the World Society for Virology (WSV), which is a global non-profit organization established in 2017, to connect virologists around the world, with no restrictions or boundaries, and without membership fees. We have 40 eminent Keynote speakers, and already several interesting abstracts submitted, covering COVID-19 the first day, and all other fields of virology, including plant, animal, fungal, human and microbe viruses, such as phages and phage therapy, the next 2 days. Please see program for details on the two phage keynote talks!

Please join us in June 16-18. 2021! All sessions are recorded for prime time viewing in all time zones!

Abstract submission and early bird registration deadline: April 30th!

Welcome!
— Yigang Tong, PhD, Professor, Dean, College of Life Science and Technology, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China

Seeking phages
Posted 21 days ago

Hello everyone! My name is Melissa and I am a 3rd year grad student in the Biology department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham researching the mechanics of phage evolution. I am seeking obligately lytic phages that target Pseudomonas (preferably aeruginosa), E. coli or S. aureus for use in my evolutionary studies. Host bacterial strains for strain specific phage would also be appreciated.

I would also like to connect with researchers who have experience in culturing and infecting Pseudomonas. There are some quizzical results that I would love to discuss!

You can contact me at [email protected]. I appreciate all your help. Hope you have a wonderful day! Warmest Regards, Melissa

ClubhouseVirtual Event
Posted 21 days ago

Phage Club on Clubhouse has become a regular occurrence! These are casual audio-only drop-in chats; come for a few mins or stay the whole hour! Also, the new update means Clubhouse now supports Android too, not just iPhone!

Current rooms:

‘Phage Phwednesdays’ — Wednesdays at 9PM Eastern
Thanks to those who came this week for our ‘after party’ after Randy Fish’s diabetic foot / phage therapy talk! (Recording for his webinar to be shared soon)

‘Phage Phridays’ — Fridays at 1PM Central
This Friday special guests from the Eliava Phage Therapy Center joined to discuss their phage therapy methods and experience.

Email [email protected] if you need an invite to Clubhouse!

If you want to host your own room within Phage Club on Clubhouse, or suggest a theme or guest, we can make that happen! Let Jessica, Jan, Sabrina or Adriana know if you’re interested.

Virtual Event
Posted 21 days ago

The Africa Phage Forum is hosting its next phage webinar in its series, April 23 at 4pm GMT with special guest Dr. Jesca Nakavuma (Veterinarian and Senior Lecturer at Makerere University, Uganda), who will give a talk entitled Practical challenges and possible solutions in phage research — a question and answer session.

Register now for this event and/or the whole series at https://apf.phage.directory.

ExplainerVideo
Posted 21 days ago

Check out this YouTube explainer video by Dr. Sabrina Green, R&D Director at BCM Tailor Labs, entitled ‘Developing an Expedited Pipeline to Develop Phage Therapy for Multidrug-Resistant Infections’. Subscribe to their channel here for lots more where this came from!

Virtual Event
Posted 21 days ago

Thanks to everyone who attended one or both of the PHAVES events we hosted this week! We heard Dr. Clara Torres-Barceló talk about phages for plant pathogens (recording here!), and Dr. Randy Fish talk about phages for diabetic foot infections (recording to be shared soon!).

Thanks also to those who attended our IBRC/Phage Directory bioinformatics seminars over the last few weeks, with Dr. Justin Clark, who told us about TAILOR’s pipeline for assessing safety of therapeutic phages (recording not available at this time), and with Dr. Jason Gill, who told us all about using the Center for Phage Technology’s instance of Galaxy to annotate phage genomes easily (recording here!).

Whenever we can, we publish recordings of our events on our YouTube channel here — subscribe to get notified here: https://phage.directory/youtube!

Phage phun!
Posted a month ago

Felix Biotechnology is gearing up to submit a phage emoji to the unicode consortium! Vote on your favourite design here!

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted a month ago

We are excited to announce that we are holding a forum on Phage Therapy in the United Kingdom on the 22nd of April, 2pm-6pm BST.

This event will be focussed on planning the pathway to phage therapy in UK, starting with testing phage therapy for bacterial UTIs resistant to antibiotics, and developing the next steps for regulations and clinical trials.

Key speakers include Dr. David Jenkins from the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Prof. Krystyna Dąbrowska from the Polish Academy of Sciences, and more, discussing AMR, regulations, and previous experience with treatment.

Register now, and save the date!

NewsletterPhage community
Posted a month ago

UCSD’s phage therapy center, IPATH, released its latest quarterly newsletter! It features an interview with David Pride, with questions like ‘what is a phage library’, ‘how could a phage library benefit patients’, and more! It also features an interview with Roland Liu, a postdoctoral researcher in the Pride lab, which talks about what brought him to IPATH and what he’s working on now.

Virtual EventClubhouse
Posted a month ago

Phage Club on Clubhouse (a new audio-only chat app) is back next week on Wednesday night (9PM Eastern).

Also, Sabrina Green and Adriana Carolina Hernandez Morales have been hosting Phage Club rooms on Fridays (Phage Phridays!) at 1PM Central! (Today featured special guest Evelien Adriaenssens!)

These are casual, fun chats that dig into new topics each week. They’re designed to be drop-in, and are well suited for those who just want to listen in. Jump in for 10 mins or stay the whole hour!

Email [email protected] if you need an invite to Clubhouse! (Currently only for iPhone).

PHAVESVirtual EventPhage Therapy
Posted a month ago

We’re excited to announce that we’re starting a new stream of PHAVES, running parallel to our researcher-focused series. The new series will focus on phage therapy in the clinic. We’ll be featuring clinicians who have treated patients with phages, but will also bring in patients and beyond. The goal is to facilitate knowledge exchange between those using phages and those interested in learning more.

To start us off, join us April 14 at 3pm Pacific time for an interview with Dr. Randy Fish (DPM, Podiatrist in chronic wound healing and clinical research using bacteriophage in diabetic foot infections, Tacoma Diabetic Foot Clinic and PhageBiotics Research Foundation).

At this event, Jessica will interview Randy about his work and vision when it comes to using phages to treat diabetic foot infections. We’ll discuss Randy’s goals to look at topical or localized use of phage to avoid the use of antibiotics, his vision on using phage to catch infections early, and his interest in testing how much and how often phage should be applied for optimal results. Small group networking to follow! Register here!

PHAVESVirtual EventPhage Therapy
Posted a month ago

Join us April 13 at 4PM CEST for PHAVES #14, which will be a seminar with Dr. Clara Torres-Barceló (Plant Pathology Unit, INRAE, Avignon, France) entitled: “Jack of all strains, master of none? Host range and efficacy in phages of a phytopathogenic bacterium”. Small group networking to follow! Register here!

PHAVESVirtual EventPhage Therapy
Posted a month ago

PHAVES #16 will be May 12 at 2PM Mountain time. Dr. Greg Canfield and Dr. Laura Damioli from the University of Colorado will give a joint talk entitled: Freedom from antibiotic purgatory?: Salvage phage therapy for cure of spinal hardware infection.

Sign up for this event and future ones at https://seminars.phage.directory/!

ClubhousePhage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted a month ago

Missed last week’s Phage Phriday on Clubhouse? Here’s the recording of the Q&A with Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, author of “The Perfect Predator”.

Want more Clubhouse? Get the app (iphone only) and follow Phage Club — currently running weekly events Wednesday nights at 9PM Eastern and Friday afternoons at 1PM Central.

ClubhouseVirtual EventPhage Directory
Posted a month ago

Phage Club on Clubhouse is back next week on Wednesday night (9PM Eastern). The theme will be ‘Therapeutic Phage on Trial: Burden of Proof in Genomic Analysis’, which will be an ‘after party’ after Justin Clark’s seminar on Tuesday March 30!

Also, Sabrina Green and Adriana Carolina Hernandez Morales have been hosting Phage Club rooms on Fridays at 1PM Central! Today featured special guest Steffanie Strathdee!

And thanks for everyone who came out this past Wednesday, where we talked with Dr. Gina Suh from Mayo Clinic about how she finds phages for her patients. We’ve recorded it if anyone is interested!

Email [email protected] if you need an invite to Clubhouse! (Currently only for iPhone).

Electron microscopySeeking services
Posted a month ago

Greetings to all senior phage scientists. I am currently conducting phage research and seeking your collaboration in order to characterize the isolated phages using TEM. Kindly assist me to achieve this task by highlighting your requirements for TEM services including pricings. I am Noutin Fernand Michodigni, PhD Student in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Pan African University, [email protected].

Phage TwitterPhage manufacturing
Posted a month ago

Check out this Twitter Q&A thread started by Paul Jaschke: “Anybody know of a source where cost of production ($/pfu) has been calculated for GMP or similar phage preps? #phagetherapy #bacteriophage #gmp”.

Phage TherapyPhage delivery systemsQ&A
Posted a month ago

Graham Hatfull and Steffanie Strathdee are seeking information about nebulizers that have been tested in phage therapy. See Steffanie’s tweet thread here and get in touch with her or Graham if you’d like to help. “#Phage tweeps: @GHatfull & @IPATH are looking for a list of performance for nebulizers used for #phagetherapy. i.e. which ones have/have not been used, methods for each, phage survival after nebulization & what clinical outcomes exist. (This would make a great paper too!)”

BioinformaticsVirtual EventPhage DirectoryIBRC
Posted a month ago

Acknowledging the importance of genomic characterization of phages to understand their biology and for their safe use in therapeutics and other applications, International Bacteriophage Research Consortium (IBRC) and Phage Directory, USA are co-hosting a series of Phage Bioinformatics Webinars.

Our next guest is Dr. Justin Clark, Lead Data Scientist and Co-founder of TAILΦR, a Baylor College of Medicine bacteriophage initiative. Originally trained as a wet-lab molecular biologist, Justin has studied a variety of pathogenic bacteria over the last decade at both the bench and the computer. His current research focuses on both therapeutic phage uses and comparative genomics of ESKAPE pathogens.

We are very pleased to invite you to the webinar on 30 March, 2021 at 8.30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST) / 10.00 am CST. We look forward to your participation. Register using the link.

Check out our new Bioinformatics resources page here, where we’re posting materials on talks in this series. More to be added as we go! Also check out our Slack page (#phage-bioinformatics channel) to converse with others attending the sessions and working through their phage bioinformatics projects!

Phage TherapyVirtual EventPhage Directory
Posted a month ago

As mentioned in this month’s Quick Dive on phage and diabetic foot infections, Phage Directory is excited to be putting together a new series of talks (ideally the beginning of a working group) on clinical use of phage, starting with diabetic foot infections. Thanks to all who have emailed so far and expressed your interest!

Anyone interested in giving a talk, or taking part in a panel discussion, please email me at [email protected]! Also, I’m also keen to hear from those who have treated patients with phages in settings beyond diabetic foot as well.

To get updates when we launch the series, subscribe to PHAVES here!

Watch past events we’ve hosted on YouTube here.

New initiativeVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

Phage Directory (& friends) are now on Clubhouse! This is a new app for drop-in audio-only discussions around a topic. It’s still only for iPhone users, and requires an invite, so ask around (or ask us!) if you need one. We’ve now hosted two Wednesday night events (9PM Eastern) and will host another this coming Wed, March 24 at the same time. The topic will be on navigating phage therapy in the US via the FDA eIND pathway, along with what to say when approached by a prospective patient for phage therapy. Sign up for “Phage Club” within clubhouse to get notified about future events!

Phage and foodPodcast
Posted 2 months ago

Sandro Sulakvelidze, CEO of Intralytix, talks phages for food poisoning in this podcast episode by Gastropod entitled ‘Phage against the machine’. Gastropod looks at food through the lens of science and history.

Q&ATop articles#PhageTwitter
Posted 2 months ago

Rafal Mostowy (Jagielloński University, Poland) asked for a list of top 10 phage-related articles, which can be used as a part of an introductory course to new students working on phages. Comment with your list of papers on Twitter!

Conference
Posted 2 months ago

The Oxford Bacteriophage Conference — Phages 2021 will be held (most likely) virtually Sept 7-8, 2021. The conference will showcase phage research and applications in medicine, food, and biotechnology. The conference is chaired by Prof Martha RJ Clokie. Register here.

AICall for papersPhage bioinformaticsSpecial Issue
Posted 2 months ago

PHAGE: Therapy, Applications, and Research journal is currently seeking manuscripts for a special issue with a dedicated focus on Phage Informatics and AI. The special issue will focus on all aspects of computational analysis and application including bioinformatics, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and biostatistics. Submission deadline: August 31, 2021

New organizationPhage community
Posted 2 months ago

Fatma Abdelrahman (Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt) has launched a new webpage for Women in Phage in collaboration with Phage Directory. The new organization aspires to create a community where all phage scientists — and particularly female scientists — can gather to share their research experience and discuss their findings. It will also support microbiology undergraduate students with an avid interest in the field by connecting them with researchers and professors from all over the globe through bi-yearly conferences and regular webinars. Become a member!

Virtual EventPhage Therapy
Posted 2 months ago

Last chance to register for the 3rd Bacteriophage Therapy Summit, March 23-25! Accelerate the discovery and translation of bacteriophage research into targeted therapeutics that demonstrate clinical efficacy with expert speakers from FDA, BiomX, Cytophage, and Eligo Bioscience. Registration closes at midnight, March 22. Use code PD10 for 10% off!

PHAVESVirtual EventPhage Therapy
Posted 2 months ago

PHAVES #13 will be a seminar with Prof. Jonathan Iredell, MBBS, PhD of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research and University of Sydney on Wed, March 10 at 8AM AEDT (Tues, March 9 at 4PM Eastern Time/10PM CET). He will give a talk entitled Phage Therapy: The Australian Experience. Small group networking to follow! Register here!

Virtual EventPhage TherapySponsor
Posted 2 months ago

Later this month, leading drug developers, academics and clinical researchers will come together at the 3rd Bacteriophage Therapy Summit to address their translation challenges, from characterization of phages through to clinical development. Join them online to strengthen your product development pipelines and forge new collaborations to unlock the full potential of bacteriophage therapeutics. Use code PD10 to get 10% off!

Seeking phages
Posted 2 months ago

We are in search for Pseudomonas aeruginosa phage PaP3, it was described by Fuquan Hu’s lab but myself and Prof. Gino Cingolani haven’t received a reply from them. Hope you can help us find this prophage or a similar one to this and LUZ24 (we required a temperate phage). Thank you! Contact details: [email protected].

Gut phageVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Digestive Diseases Center 12th Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium “Phages, Viruses, and Digestive Diseases” will take place Saturday, March 6, 2021, 8 am CST – 1:45 pm CST. Event Organizers: Mary K. Estes, Ph.D. and Anthony Maresso, Ph.D. Register here.

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

The NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) is hosting Prof. Paul Turner on Wednesday, March 10 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm, who will give a webinar entitled “Phage Therapy to Combat Infections by Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria”. Watch at https://videocast.nih.gov.

ConferencePhage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

The Centre for Microbiology and Phage Therapy (Zewail City of Science, Technology and Innovation) is organizing their first Annual Phage International Conference on March 12-13, 2021. Register here (conference already in progress!).

BioinformaticsVirtual Event
Posted 2 months ago

The International Bacteriophage Research Consortium (IBRC) and Phage Directory are co-hosting a series of Phage Bioinformatics Webinars.

The second speaker in the series will be March 2 at 9.00 pm IST / 7.30 am PST, with a talk by Katelyn McNair, a Research Scholar at the University of California, Irvine and San Diego State University, USA. Katelyn has developed the software PHANOTATE, the first gene finder specifically designed for phage genome annotation. Also, of immense interest to phage researchers, is her previous tool, PHACTS, which computationally predicts whether a phage is temperate or virulent. Register here!

Also check out our #phage-bioinformatics channel in the Phage Directory Slack room, to give & get help as you work through this series & beyond!

ConferenceISVMViruses of microbes
Posted 2 months ago

Good things….
come to those who wait. It is now evident that corona will continue to disrupt our plans to share science and meet at VoM Portugal yet again this year. The local organizers of the upcoming VoM conferences and the ISVM board have made the decision to move the original 2020 VoM in Guimarães, Portugal to 2022 and the originally scheduled 2022 meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia to 2023.

Furthermore, we’re excited to announce that ISVM/VoM is going ‘down under’ in 2024, with a conference hosted in beautiful Cairns, Australia. We look forward to ‘Expanding our viral frontiers’ at that meeting.

So, besides the iVoM lectures and other online opportunities being made available to us this year, we’ll be ready for fully vaccinated conferences:
18th – 22nd July 2022, Guimarães, Portugal
2nd – 7th July 2023, Tbilisi, Georgia
15th – 19th July 2024, Cairns, Australia

We look forward to seeing you again!

On behalf of the ISVM executive board,
Rob Lavigne (president)

ConferenceISVMViruses of microbes
Posted 2 months ago

We are excited to announce that the Viruses of Microbes 2024 meeting will be held in Cairns, Australia! Being situated on the shores of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by the oldest rainforest on Earth, Cairns will host a truly unique VoM experience. This also marks the first time that the VoM conference series will take place outside of Europe.

The theme for VoM 2024 will be ‘Expanding our viral frontiers’, which references both the expansion of the VoM conference series to Australia and a focus on the next frontiers for viruses of microbes research. Our local organising committee is led by Dr. Jeremy J. Barr (Monash University) and includes; A/Prof. Ruby CY Lin (Westmead Institute), Dr. Lucy Furfaro (University of Western Australia), Dr. Karen Weynberg (The University of Queensland), and Dr. Paul Jaschke (Macquarie University).

Our meeting will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre from July 15th – 19th, 2024. We are excited to host you all in beautiful Cairns, Australia and hope to see you all ‘down under’ soon!

Virtual EventPhage TherapySponsor
Posted 3 months ago

The 3rd Bacteriophage Therapy Summit is taking place virtually on March 23-25. With expert speakers from the FDA, BiomX, Cytophage, Loughborough University and Eligo Bioscience, join us online to progress fundamental bacteriophage research into clinically-significant products and overcome the global antibiotic resistance crisis.

Phage in foodSpecial Issue
Posted 3 months ago

Prof. Mansel Griffiths (University of Guelph) and Dr. Hany Anany (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Guelph Research and Development Center) are editing a special issue of Viruses entitled “Bacteriophages in Food Applications”.

One HealthSpecial Issue
Posted 3 months ago

Call for papers for our special issue topic in Microorganisms, “Bacteriophages-Based Technologies for a One Health Society: Applications in Clinical, Veterinary, and Industrial Settings”. Guest editors: Dr. Karen D. Weynberg, Dr. Sabrina Green.

Viral ecologyVirtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

Registration is open for (online) VEGA, Viral EcoGenomics & Applications, 2021. Hosted by the JGI, the goal of this series of online seminars is to bring together a “Viral Ecogenomics” community to foster discussion on how to best capture and characterize uncultivated viruses, understand the role of viruses in natural ecosystems, and functionally explore viral genetic diversity toward innovative biotechnological and industrial applications. This will be a series that runs through April and May.

Phage assemblyVirtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

Phage/Virus Assembly 2021 will take place online July 27-30. Register here!

Virtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

[Date change!] The sixth iVoM event will be Thursday, Mar 4, 11AM GMT (note earlier time than usual too!), and the theme will be “Biotechnology applications in health care”.

It will feature talks by:
Laurent Debarbieux: Phages (in)action in the gut
Krystyna Dabrowska: A study that went wrong: phage engineering and phage pharmacokinetics
Tristan Ferry: Phage therapy experience in France in the field of Bone and Joint infection

Chairs:
Jeremy Barr
Joana Azeredo

Register at https://ivom.phage.directory.

Also, the iVoM image contest deadline has been extended to March 2!

Phage ecologyPodcastSoil viruses
Posted 3 months ago

Listen to soil phage ecologist Gary Trubl talk soil microbes and viral ecology on the Storytellers of STEMM podcast!

Special Issue
Posted 3 months ago

Viruses has an upcoming Special Issue on ‘State-of-the-Art Phage Therapy Development in Europe’. They are looking for research articles, review articles and short communications related to: experimental and applied phage therapy; host–pathogen interactions and co-evolution; phage therapy in animal models; principle for selection and construction of bacteriophages for therapy; immune response to phage therapy; case studies; clinical trials. The deadline is the 31st of July 2021.

BioinformaticsVirtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

Analysis of phage genomes replete with hypothetical genes is a challenge. Given the importance of genomic characterization of phages to understand their biology and for their safe use, International Bacteriophage Research Consortium (IBRC) and Phage Directory are co-hosting a series of Phage Bioinformatics Webinars. This will be a beginner-focused series aimed at helping phage researchers get up to speed on phage genome characterization, including current practices, tools and tips, and will be taught by invited guest speakers.

The first webinar will be by Dr. Deborah Jacobs-Sera from the Hatfull Lab (University of Pittsburgh, USA), developer and overseer of phage discovery and genomics platforms for advancing science education, such as PHIRE and SEA-PHAGES. She’ll give a talk on “Genomic Annotation and Comparative Bioinformatic Analysis of Actinobacteriophages”, and will include an overview of tools such as DNA Master, GeneMark, Glimmer, tRNA Scan SE, Aragorn, HHPred.

We’re pleased to invite you to this series, beginning on 16 February, 2021 at 6.30 pm IST/8 am EST. Register for the first event here.

As a companion to this series, we’ve just launched a Slack channel called #phage-bioinformatics within the Phage Directory Slack (join here!), where you can share your questions and work through issues together with the community.

Video
Posted 3 months ago

Phage enthusiasts need to take a 3-min break and watch this awesome student-made video breaking down phage lysogeny and the ‘Piggyback the winner’ hypothesis, set to the tune of a Justin Timberlake song… (no sound until around 0:26; then the music starts). Source: Ben Temperton’s BIO3099 class (University of Exeter).

Virtual EventViruses of microbesiVoM
Posted 3 months ago

The sixth iVoM event will be Thursday, February 18, 11AM GMT (note time change!), and the theme will be “Biotechnology applications in health care”. It will feature talks by:
Laurent Debarbieux: Phages (in)action in the gut
Krystyna Dabrowska: A study that went wrong: phage engineering and phage pharmacokinetics
Tristan Ferry: Phage therapy experience in France in the field of Bone and Joint infection

Chairs:
Jeremy Barr
Joana Azeredo

Register at https://ivom.phage.directory.

ConferenceContestVirtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

Dear iVoM participants,
If you’ve attended at least two iVoM events, you’re invited to participate in a contest! The contest aims at having the audience feedback regarding the iVoM: Viruses of Microbes 2020 Webinar Series: Take a walk on the VoM side and expectations for the next Viruses of Microbes - the latest conquests on viruses of microbes conference. This must be done in a concise, clear, creative and attractive way, through the presentation of an image.

The winner will have the image published in the abstract book and a free registration for the next Viruses of Microbes Conference. See https://ivom.phage.directory for details.

Deadline for submission is Feb 16, so get your submissions in quickly! Winner will be announced at the last iVoM on Feb 18.

BioinformaticsMicrobiomeVirtual EventWorkshop
Posted 3 months ago

The Center for Microbiome Science at Ohio State University is hosting a Microbiome Informatics webinar series, running from March to May 2021. Register here! This series represents a first phase effort to digitize 7 years of a hands-on informatics training course in this space, with a focus that goes beyond 16S-based studies to leverage the power of shotgun sequencing. Each 1.5 – 2 hour webinar will provide a brief concept introduction, and then hands-on practical exercises designed to provide cutting-edge first phase of training in Microbiome Informatics to empower researchers to better understand microbes and their viruses in complex communities.

VideoVirtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

The first Africa Phage Forum recording is now on YouTube! Catch Prof. Paul Turner’s talk on phage therapy, from environment to bedside if you missed it! Great job organizers Emmanuel Nnadi & Angela Makumi of APF; it was a pleasure to collaborate!

Conference
Posted 3 months ago

As promised, the 24th biennial Evergreen International Phage Meeting will take place the first week of August 2021!

Assuming it is safe to do so, the conference will be hosted in person on the Evergreen campus, in the dorms, as done in the past. In-person attendance will be limited (max 100). Registration fees will be kept low similar to past meetings, just enough to pay for room and board (around $450 for students and postdocs, $550 for senior people). Talks will be recorded and made available online, likely for a small fee. Depending on speaker preference and experience, talks will range from 10 min to 25 min long.

For those interested in presenting, either online or in person, please reach out to Betty Kutter at [email protected]. More details on registration and themes will soon follow.

PHAVESVirtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

PHAVES #12 will be a seminar with Dr. Betty Kutter of the Evergreen State College on Tues, Feb 9 at 8AM Pacific Time / 11AM Eastern Time. Title: Phages as a teaching tool, and stories from 60 years of phage. Small group networking to follow! Register here!

Phage TwitterQ&AViral metagenomics
Posted 3 months ago

Carmen (@PhageAnt on Twitter) would like to hear from you! Do you have any recommendations for any conferences/talks that are heavily involved in viral metagenomics? Reply to the Twitter post if you have any suggestions!

Seeking opportunities
Posted 3 months ago

My name is Farhad Afrasiabi. Ph.D. student in the Department of Microbiology at Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, IRAN. I am interested in working on phage. I am currently working on a joint project to do my doctoral thesis on phage. Of course, I’ve also ready to work on any project that you want to do. Please email me at [email protected] to discuss opportunities.

Phage methodsVideo
Posted 3 months ago

BCM Tailor labs has posted a video tutorial on how to do a quick phage precipitation. In this video you will learn how to precipitate your phage in 10 to 15 minutes. This is in order to concentrate your phage from a solution. This can be modified for other viruses too.

AMRSpecial Issue
Posted 3 months ago

Dr. Pilar García Suárez is editing a Special Issue of the journal Antibiotics called “Benefits of Bacteriophages to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria”.

Virtual Event
Posted 3 months ago

RATIO PRESENTS: BACTERIOPHAGES: Join us on 2nd Feb when we will talk about merciless killers – the bacteriophages, small biological machines designed to kill bacteria.

This event will give an overview of the main principles of the bacteriophage ecology and discuss the implications in the phage therapy.

About the speaker: Andrey Letarov is the head of the laboratory of Microbial viruses at Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology RC Biotechnology RAS, Moscow, Russia. He is also a professor at Virology department of the faculty of biology of Lomonosov Moscow State University. During his whole scientific career he was studying various aspect of bacteriophage biology, including organization and folding of phage proteins, bacteriophage evolution, bacteriophage diversity and ecology.

Virtual Event
Posted 4 months ago

International Bacteriophage Research Consortium on Twitter: "IBRC springs into action with its lecture series - 2021. We have Prof. Paul Turner onboard with us! An expert in steering phages and INSeq mutagenesis, Prof. Turner is an established authority in bio-therapeutic application of phages. Save the date : Jan 27, 2021. Stay tuned!

AIBioinformatics Tool
Posted 4 months ago

PhageAI 0.7.2 has been released!

What’s new: Life cycle classifier v1.3 to distinguish between virulent and temperate phages (accuracy benchmark); PhageAI as free Python package on GitHub and PyPI; Duplicate samples detection alert in phage display view; “History” tab in phage display view with historical predictions, and more!

PhageAI still offers: a possibility to upload your phage genomes and getting predictions of a lifecycle in less than a few seconds; creating projects and sharing it among your collaborators; building your private repository of bacteriophages; sharing your feedback concerning model predicitions with scientific community; 3D interactive plot tools.

Sign in to PhageAI and feel free to rate our efforts on your social media accounts using #PhageAI tag. You can follow us on Twitter @PhageAI to be up to date with the PhageAI roadmap.

Machine learningPhage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 4 months ago

Mayo Clinic is hosting a webinar on machine learning in phage therapy Jan 27 1PM MST. Register here. Featured Speaker: Cedric Lood, Researcher-Arenberg Doctoral Program at KU Leuven University-Belgium. Gina Suh, M.D. and William Faubion, M.D. from Mayo Clinic will moderate.

Virtual EventViruses of microbesiVoM
Posted 4 months ago

The fifth iVoM event will be Thursday, January 21, 4pm GMT, and the theme will be “Agro-food, veterinary and environmental biotechnology applications”.

It will feature talks by:
Sam R. Nugen - Department of Food Science and Technology, Cornell University
Danish J. Malik - Chemical Engineering Department, Loughborough University
Ana Oliveira - Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho

Chairs:
Mathias Middelboe - Department of Biology, Marine Biological Section, University of Copenhagen
Lone Brøndsted - Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Register for this event and/or the whole series at https://ivom.phage.directory.

PHAVESVirtual Event
Posted 4 months ago

PHAVES #11 will be a casual mixer to kick off the new year! We’ll get together on Zoom January 12 at 11:00 AM Eastern. We’ll start off with a bit of an “open mic” / “show and tell”, where attendees will have the option to share something they’re either proud of from last year or excited to be working on for the coming year. Then we’ll do a few sets of breakout rooms so we can all meet some new faces in smaller-group settings!

Register for this event and/or the whole series at https://phaves.phage.directory.

Virtual Event
Posted 4 months ago

Phage Futures 2021 will have a young researcher showcase at their event this coming February! If you’re a young researcher attending the conference ($149 for students — register here), don’t forget to apply to present a poster virtually by Jan 22!

AMRPhage TherapyPhage methodsVideo
Posted 4 months ago

The TAILOR team at Baylor College of Medicine now has a YouTube channel! Check out their recent one, a recorded talk on AMR and phage therapy by one of TAILOR’s founders, Dr. Anthony Maresso, called Chasing Change: A moving pandemic, an adaptable medicine. Also watch another TAILOR founder, Dr. Sabrina Green, show you how to isolate phages from environmental samples.

Virtual Event
Posted 4 months ago

The Africa Phage Forum is hosting a new phage webinar series, starting Jan. 14 at 11AM EST (4PM GMT) with special guest Dr. Paul Turner. Dr. Turner will give a talk entitled ‘From the environment to bedside: understanding the basics of phage therapy research’. Phage Directory is proud to partner with APF to bring this webinar series to the broader phage community!

Register for this event and/or the whole series at https://apf.phage.directory.

Virtual Event
Posted 4 months ago

The Africa Phage Forum is hosting its next phage webinar in its series, Feb 15 at 4pm GMT / 11am Eastern with special guest Dr. Evelien Adriaenssens, who will give a talk entitled Basics of phage genome annotation and classification - how to get started. Register now for this event and/or the whole series at https://apf.phage.directory.

Virtual Event
Posted 4 months ago

The Africa Phage Forum is hosting its first webinar, with special guest Dr. Paul Turner, who will give a talk entitled ‘From the environment to bedside: understanding the basics of phage therapy research’. Save the date for Jan. 14 at 11AM EST (4PM GMT). Registration details available soon!

ConferencePhage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 4 months ago

In the lead up to the virtual Global Phage Futures Congress February 24-26 (register here), Dr Shawna McCallin, Clinical Coordinator, Balgirst University Hospital will provide a free webinar Jan 19 at 12:00 PM Eastern on establishing a database for phage therapy. Attend to understand how international collaboration can help to reduce reporting of positive bias and how, through involvement, members of the phage community can help to improve transparency, clinical trial design and patient safety.

Dr McCallin will also attend the virtual Global Phage Futures Congress, where she will chair a live discussion with experts including Dr Gina Suh, Dr Ben Chan, Dr Jon Iredell, and Dr Graham Hatfull on the topic: ‘Success or failure in compassionate use; why does phage therapy not always succeed?’

Consortium
Posted 4 months ago

The Phage Team Uganda comprising of scientists, researchers and students from various backgrounds, is coming together to contribute to world Phage community in discovering the Phage potential for a better world. Follow our work via @PhagesUG on Twitter!

Virtual EventConferencePhage TherapySponsor
Posted 5 months ago

Check out the agenda for the 3rd Bacteriophage Therapy Summit - led by 25+ expert speakers from industry, academia and governmental bodies, this meeting will equip you with all the tools you need in order to accelerate the discovery and translation of bacteriophage research into therapeutics that achieve clinically significant results.

Consortium
Posted 5 months ago

The Africa Phage Forum formed by a group of passionate African phage researchers provides a collaborative network for the promotion and sensitization of phage research in Africa. The forum is on a quest to seek solutions to common challenges plaguing phage advancement in the developing world through scholarship, collaboration, and mentorship. Learn more about this emerging community and connect here.

Special IssueGut phageome
Posted 5 months ago

Eleanor Townsend and Eleanor Jameson (University of Warwick) are editing a special issue titled “Phage-Host Interaction in the Gut Microbiome and Their Impacts on Human Health and Disease” in MDPI’s International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The special issue focuses on the understudied regulatory interactions of phages with gut microbiota and the impact of human gut phageome on human health and diseases with the ultimate aim of bringing up phages for human health benefits.

ElectionScientific Society
Posted 5 months ago

The International Society for Viruses of Microorganisms has announced their newly elected executive board members for 2021-2022!

Congratulations to Rob Lavigne (President), Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa (President-elect), Andrew Millard (Vice-President), Paul Hyman (Treasurer), Shawna McCallin (Secretary/Information Officer), Aleksandra Petrovic Fabijan (Assistant Secretary), and Jessica Sacher (Private Partnership Officer).

The ISVM has also named its Staff functions for the year: Stephen Abedon (Web Developer) and J. Rodney Brister (Membership Secretary).

Virtual EventPHAVES
Posted 5 months ago

Contrary to what we announced last week, we’ve had to postpone PHAVES 11 with Dr. Iredell until 2021. Sorry to have gotten your hopes up! We’ll see you back in the new year for season 2 — thanks for an awesome first 10 episodes in 2020! Register to hear about future PHAVES events here.

ConferenceRespiratory medicine
Posted 5 months ago

The 23rd Congress of the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM) will be held in Boise, Idaho from 22nd to 26th May 2021.

The scientific agenda is focusing on the current understanding of pulmonary disease, viral transmission/risk mitigation, environmental aerosols, advancing imaging techniques, device/formulation strategies, emerging aerosol therapies and technologies with a focus on phages for respiratory applications.

From Dr. Reinhard Vehring, University of Alberta Prof. of Materials Engineering: “The conference is visited by many experts and practitioners in the respiratory field, so presenting phage therapy and development talks or posters there will reach an audience that could benefit greatly from an introduction to the potential of pulmonary or nasal phage therapy. I also think that an intellectual exchange between phage biologists and experts in respiratory drug delivery could be very beneficial for successful phage therapy via the respiratory route.”

Virtual EventViruses of microbesiVoM
Posted 5 months ago

The fourth iVoM event will be Thursday, December 17, 7pm GMT, and the theme will be “Virus-host interaction: molecular mechanisms”.

Talks:

  • New discoveries on the immune system of bacteria — Rotem Sorek
  • The regulation and activity of Class 1 CRISPR-Cas systems — Peter Fineran
  • Molecular hijacking of Pseudomonas — Rob Lavigne

Chairs:
Karen Maxwell and Julia Frunzke

Register for the whole series or for individual events at https://ivom.phage.directory.

Virtual Event
Posted 5 months ago

Two upcoming phage webinars organized by the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science:

  1. From Petri Dish to Patient: Mycobacteriophages and Their Therapeutic Potential (December 8): Register here.
  2. Phage and Antibiotics: Induction of an Antibacterial Type 7 Secretion System in Enterococcus faecalis (December 16): Register here.
Antibiotic resistanceDonatePhage Therapy
Posted 5 months ago

This week included Giving Tuesday, and some of you likely donated to Phages for Global Health (PGH). A message from the PGH team: “Thank you so much for your gifts yesterday — between your contributions and matching funds we raised over $18,000 in just 24 hours! That’s the most we’ve ever received through crowdfunding in a single day.” If you’d like to donate or learn more, do so here!

Science communicationSeeking to interview researchers
Posted 5 months ago

My name is Tom Ireland and I’m a science writer based in the UK working on a popular-science book about phages. Under contract with a major publisher, the book aims to bring the wonder of phages to a mass audience, telling the fascinating history of phage science and exploring what phages can do for us in science, medicine and the environment.

I am currently making contact with phage scientists from across the world as part of my research, and I want to ask anyone who wishes to be featured to get in touch with me. I’m really keen to get to know lots of phage scientists, visit lots of phage labs and follow lots of different aspects of phage work in the course of my research. Please contact me at [email protected].

RecordingVirtual Event
Posted 5 months ago

The recording for iVoM #2 (Virus Structure and Function with Petr Leiman, Kristin Parent and Pascale Boulanger) has been posted on the VoM 2020 Youtube channel!

PHAVESVirtual Event
Posted 5 months ago

(POSTPONED TO 2021) Save the date for the next rendition of PHAVES, a seminar with Dr. Jonathan Iredell, MD of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research and University of Sydney on Wed, Dec 16 at 8AM AEDT (Tues, Dec 15 at 4PM Eastern Time/10PM CET). He will give a talk entitled Phage Therapy: The Australian Experience. Small group networking to follow! Register here!

Phage alertUpdate
Posted 5 months ago

Thanks so much to the labs who reached out in response to our request for Serratia phages last week. In just a few days, the strain was shipped out to the first set of labs for testing. A few days after that, an active phage was found (by Ronen Hazan’s team at the Israel Phage Bank!) Sadly, the patient passed away this week, before they could receive the phage. Nonetheless, this formidable teamwork is worth celebrating, and we are proud of our phage community! Sign up to receive future urgent phage alerts here.

Virtual Event
Posted 5 months ago

Join Jean-Paul Pirnay, PhD, Gina Suh, MD, and Nicholas Chia, PhD Nov 30, 2020 12:00 PM Central time for an engaging virtual discussion on phage therapy as a tool in the fight against antibiotic-resistant infections. The talk is entitled “Bacteriophages: It’s a Medicine, Jim, But Not As We Know It”.

Virtual Event
Posted 6 months ago

We have started a small association in Switzerland called phageSuisse to bring different actors of phage therapy in Switzerland together. With this association, we launched a small webinar series. The first webinar will be on December 1st by Dr. Shawna McCallin. Her talk will be entitled “Moving Clinical Trials for Phage Therapy Forward”.

Seeking phages
Posted 6 months ago

Good day! I am a 3rd year Medical Technology student from the Philippines and we are currently looking for MS2 Escherichia coli bacteriophage for our thesis project. I hope you can help me to look for the above said bacteriophage sample. Thank you so much. Email: [email protected] | FB/IG: @geordetteeve

New initiative
Posted 6 months ago

The African Phage Forum is a new collaborative network of African phage researchers to promote and sensitize phage research in Africa, created by Dr. Emmanuel Nnadi, Dr. Rita Nakayinga, and Dr. Juliah Khayeli. They aim to motivate and mentor phage research students in African universities, share protocols, encourage collaboration, and work to advance phage research and policy implementation at national levels. Join the What’s App group here!

Virtual EventViruses of microbesiVoM
Posted 6 months ago

The third iVoM event will be Thursday, November 19, 4pm GMT, and the theme will be “Virus-host interaction: overcoming cell barriers”.

It will feature talks by:
Martin J. Loessner (ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland)
Carlos São-José (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Sigal Ben-Yehuda (Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School)

Chairs:
Madalena Pimentel (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Ry Young (Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA)

Register for the whole series or for individual events at https://ivom.phage.directory.

Watch past talks on YouTube!

Virtual Event
Posted 6 months ago

Looking for viruses in your microbiome data? KBase has new Apps to identify and analyze viral sequences in your assemblies. Join this webinar on Nov. 4 at 1pm ET/10am PT to learn the basics of viral analysis in KBase from Dr. Ben Bolduc of The Ohio State University. Ben and others in Dr. Matthew Sullivan’s lab at OSU have been working with the KBase team to integrate several viral tools to create their first viral genomics pipeline.

PHAVESVirtual Event
Posted 6 months ago

PHAVES #10 will be a seminar by Dr. Paul Jaschke, Assistant Professor at Macquarie University, Australia, on Nov. 10, 5:30 PM Eastern Time (GMT-4) / Nov. 11 at 9:30 AM AEST. His talk is entitled “Learning How to Engineer Genomes by Building Phage”, which will cover research stories about highly engineered øX174 phage created in his group and lessons learned about genome engineering in general and phage engineering in particular. Small group networking to follow!

Register here.

Posted 6 months ago

The Ibadan Bacteriophage Research Team (IBRT) is hosting a series of webinars Oct 26-27 to celebrate World Phage Week! Theme: “Early Career Research in Bacteriophage Studies: A leverage for Bacteriophage Therapy Advancement”. Speakers: Prof. Urmi Bajpai, Dr. Nnadi Nnaemeka, Stephanie Lynch and Dr. Sabrina Green. Registration is now full, so if you secured a spot, lucky you! Otherwise stay tuned for info about possible recordings (follow the IBRT on Twitter for up-to-date info).

Virtual Event
Posted 6 months ago

Dr. Jason Gill (Center for Phage Technology, Texas A&M) and Dr. Paul Turner (Yale University) will discuss their work on phage therapy to treat drug resistant bacterial infections in a free webinar hosted by The Scientist on Oct 29 from 2:30-4:00 PM Eastern time. Register here.

Phage communityWorld Phage Week
Posted 6 months ago

It’s World Phage Week (Oct 22-28)! Check out Twitter (#WorldPhageWeek) for lots of fun posts from the global phage community showcasing fun phage facts, great phage images and art, favourite papers, exciting milestones and more.

In memory
Posted 6 months ago

The phage research community sadly lost one of its greats this month; Dr. Richard Calendar passed away on October 10 following a long battle with prostate cancer.

Rich, as he was known to many, was a renowned UC Berkeley Professor of Molecular Biology (and later of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology) from 1968-2020. Based on the many accounts from his colleagues, he was a wonderfully optimistic colleague and friend, whose sense of humor will be deeply missed. He was an international leader in the study of phages targeting E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Bacillus anthracis. He was devoted to teaching, and one of his trainees even won the Nobel prize. Rich is known to many as having written the book on phage (literally!), and he worked at the bench until a month before he died. He will clearly be deeply missed, both by those who knew him and those who missed the chance to meet him.

Read UC Berkeley’s article in memory of Rich here, and read this Life in Science paper written by Rich in 2013, where he candidly sums up how he got into phage science and what he found there. Rest peacefully, Rich, and let us all continue your legacy of collaboration, mentorship, good humor, and curiosity.

Seeking collaborator
Posted 7 months ago

I am looking for a collaborative research grant under INDIA-EU Cooperation on research & innovation Green Deal: Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi. I would like to develop phage cocktail as a Biocontrol agent in Food Industry and Veterinary purpose. Please contact me at [email protected]

Virtual Event
Posted 7 months ago

The Ibadan Bacteriophage Research Team is hosting a series of webinars to celebrate International Phage Week at the end of the month! Talks will take place Oct 26 and 27. The theme will be “Early Career Research in Bacteriophage Studies: A leverage for Bacteriophage Therapy Advancement”. Speakers will be Prof. Urmi Bajpai, Dr. Nnadi Nnaemeka, Stephanie Lynch and Dr. Sabrina Green. Save the dates and register here.

Special Issue
Posted 7 months ago

Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology has a new research topic open, The Application of Phages Against Infectious Diseases. Editors: Pan Tao, Jeremy Barr, Jingmin Gu.

Virtual Event
Posted 7 months ago

Proteon Pharmaceuticals is hosting a webinar Oct 28 (16:30 to 17:30 IST) on E. coli phages to treat poultry flocks. Register here.

PHAVESVirtual Event
Posted 7 months ago

The next rendition of PHAVES will be a seminar with Rodrigo Ibarra Chavez on Oct 20 at 11AM Eastern / 5PM CEST. He’ll tell us about phage-inducible chromosomal islands (PICIs), piracy in the phage-world, and insights on their application in biotechnology. Small group networking to follow! Register here!

Virtual EventViruses of microbesiVoM
Posted 7 months ago

Thanks so much to the nearly 300 people who attended the first iVoM webinar! The second iVoM event will be Thursday, October 15, 4PM GMT, and the theme will be “Virus structures and function”.

It will feature talks by:
Petr Leiman, University of Texas
Kristin Parent, Michigan State University
Pascale Boulanger, Université Paris-Saclay

Chairs:
Deborah Hinton, NIH
Paulo Tavares, Université Paris-Saclay

Register for the whole series or for individual events at https://ivom.phage.directory!

Virtual Event
Posted 7 months ago

The Indian ‘Society for Bacteriophage Research and Therapy’ (SBRT) is a platform for phage researchers to share their expertise & resources. SBRT is pleased to announce a webinar on “Knowing the unknown: Approaches to characterize the vast uncharacterized proteome of bacteriophages” by Dr. Julianne H. Grose, Associate Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA. The talk would be preceded by a keynote address by Prof. B.N. Tripathi, Deputy Director General, Animal Sciences, Indian Council of Agriculture Research Head Quarters, New Delhi. Please join us on 01 October (Thursday), 2020 at 7 pm IST/7.30 am MDT. We look forward to your participation. Register here.

PHAVESVirtual Event
Posted 7 months ago

The next rendition of PHAVES will be a seminar/Q&A with Dr. Emma Bell, Principal Bacteriophage Scientist at FixedPhage, and will take place October 6th at 4PM GMT+1. She’ll discuss their phage immobilization technology and how they’ve improved their phage production with the Cellexus CellMaker. Small group networking to follow.

Thanks to Cellexus for sponsoring this event!

Register for the series & stay up to date here!

Strain request
Posted 8 months ago

Hi everybody, would anyone be kind enough to share bacterial strain BLT5403? It’s part of Novagen’s T7 phage kit. Unfortunately it didn’t make the move with me and I don’t want to buy a whole kit to just get the bacteria. — @Kean_Research via Twitter

Special Issue
Posted 8 months ago

Hello fellow phage workers - 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 or check the special issue home page.

Community messageNew sources of phages
Posted 8 months ago

The longest river of India, the Ganges, is reported for the richest diversity of bacteriophages compared to any other river across the globe. This diversity was formed when bacteriophages were trapped at the origin of the river millions of years ago because of the collision of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates. This resulted in the buildup of the Himalayas (Mountains) and as a seed source of bacteriophages which is continuously releasing them in the river water. I have isolated more than 30 different phage cocktails and various different bacterial hosts that are under investigation. The river Ganges is also known as a holy river of India since the times of British India due to its high antibacterial property. In the coming future, river Ganges may serve the purpose of the biggest and could be a source of novel bacteriophages. I am tweeting at @Atif_micro.

PHAVESVirtual Event
Posted 8 months ago

The next rendition of PHAVES will be a seminar with Dr. Panos Kalatzis (University of Copenhagen) on Sept 22 at 11:00 AM Eastern / 5:00 PM (GMT+2). Panos will tell us about the potential of phage therapy in aquaculture. Small group networking to follow! Learn more & register here!

ElectionISVM
Posted 8 months ago

Elections for the International Society for Viruses of Microorganisms (ISVM) Officers will take place in October 2020. We are still looking for more candidates who wish to serve on the ISVM Board and are extending the candidate application deadline until September 15, 2020.

As an Officer you can help shape the future of ISVM. All elected positions are open, but we are particularly interested in candidates for President-elect. Candidates are also sought for Vice-President, Secretary, Secretary Assistant, Treasurer. The election is open to all ISVM members.

All candidates should send your name, email address, and a brief bio describing your interest and qualifications (no more than one paragraph please) to [email protected].

Award
Posted 8 months ago

Apply for the Viruses Young Investigator Award to win 2000 Swiss Francs, an offer to publish a paper free of charge without a fixed deadline in Viruses (subject to peer review), an engraved plaque, and an invitation to speak at the Viruses 2020 international virology conference.

VoteSocial Impact
Posted 8 months ago

Phages for Global Health is doing fantastic things in the phage field — they’ve trained phage researchers in developing countries who’ve collectively gone on to win hundreds of thousands in grant money within just a couple of years! If you have a moment, please vote for Phages for Global Health for the MIT Solve social impact award (category: Health Security and Pandemics).

Virtual EventViruses of microbesiVoM
Posted 8 months ago

The first iVoM event will be Sept. 17 at 11:00 AM GMT, under the theme “Ecology and evolution of microbial viruses”. It will feature talks by:

  • Rob Edwards (Flinders University, Australia)
  • Ruth-Anne Sandaa (University of Bergen, Norway)
  • Colin Hill (University College Cork, Ireland)

Chairs:

  • Corina Brussaard (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands)
  • Debbie Lindell (Faculty of Biology at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)

Register for the whole series or for individual events at https://ivom.phage.directory.

Virtual Event
Posted 8 months ago

Phage Oxford will take place September 9-10. Register here!

The meeting will feature over 20 oral presentations by an international faculty of senior & junior researchers from across the world, covering phage molecular and structural biology; modelling; food and biotechnology applications; phage-host interactions; and therapeutic and antimicrobial applications. Furthermore, a life-time achievement award will be presented to Professor Elizabeth Kutter (citation by Martha Clokie), who will also give a keynote address.

Virtual EventViruses of microbesiVoM
Posted 8 months ago

The organizers of VoM 2020, in collaboration with ISVM and Phage Directory, are excited to announce iVoM, a series of online lectures from prominent researchers studying viruses of microbes. These events will run monthly from September to February, in the lead-up to the in-person version of VoM, which will still take place July 2021.

The first iVoM event will be Sept. 17 at 11:00 AM GMT, under the theme “Ecology and Evolution of microbial viruses”. It will feature talks by:

  • Rob Edwards (Flinders University, Australia)
  • Ruth-Anne Sandaa (University of Bergen, Norway)
  • Colin Hill (University College Cork, Ireland)

Chairs:

  • Corina Brussaard (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands)
  • Debbie Lindell (Faculty of Biology at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)

Register for the whole series or for individual events at https://ivom.phage.directory.

PHAVESVirtual Event
Posted 8 months ago

The next rendition of PHAVES will be a seminar with Dr. Sabrina Green, PhD on Sep 1 at 6 PM EST (GMT-4), 8 AM Sept 2 AEST. (Now at an Australia/NZ-friendly time!)

Sabrina will give a short talk called TAILORing Phage Therapy for the Gut and Beyond. Small group networking to follow! Register (& read more about her talk) here!

Host-pathogen interactionsPhage TherapySpecial Issue
Posted 8 months ago

The Pathogens journal has opened a Special Issue about “host-pathogens interactions and phage therapy”. — Gabriel Almeida

Posted 8 months ago

The 2nd Hanson Wade Bacteriophage Therapy Summit takes place (virtually) Aug 27-28, and registration is open! On the Thursday afternoon of the conference, we’ll present our vision of how to use technology to scale up phage therapy.

Virtual Event
Posted 8 months ago

The KITP Bacteriophage Forum continues (virtually) Aug 25 at noon Pacific: Luciano Marrafini (Rockefeller/HHMI) and Paul Turner (Yale) will speak. Register here.

PHAVESVirtual Event
Posted 8 months ago

Save the date for PHAVES, which continues Sep 1 at 6 PM EST (GMT-4), 8 AM Sept 2 AEST. (Welcome Australia and NZ! We moved the time for this one, so you won’t be asleep!) Dr. Sabrina Green of Baylor College of Medicine and BCM TAILOR Labs will tell us about her gut phage research (she defended her PhD just yesterday!! Congrats Sabrina!!) and about her work co-founding TAILOR labs, which produces therapeutic phages for patients. Small-group networking session to follow!

Funding opportunityPhage Directory
Posted 8 months ago

Phage Directory is exploring a new opportunity related to phage sharing, and we’re looking to hear from the phage community! Phage biotech companies are seeking to expand their phage collections (for therapeutics and biocontrol), and we’re helping them identify research labs interested in sharing/licensing their phages. Do you collect phages? If so, I’d love to talk to you about this new opportunity. Email [email protected].

Virtual Event
Posted 9 months ago

Learn about TAILOR on ASM-TMC MicroTalks

Dr. Austen Terwilliger, Director of Operations at Baylor College of Medicine’s TAILOR Service Center, which produces therapeutic phages for compassionate use cases, will give a talk on ASM-TMC MicroTalks on Aug. 17 at 3:15 PM Central (GMT-5); (info and Zoom link here).

BiotechPhage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 9 months ago

Bacteriophage Therapy Summit

Hanson Wade

The 2nd Hanson Wade Bacteriophage Therapy Summit takes place (virtually) Aug 27-28, and registration is open!

We (Jessica and Jan, Phage Directory) are excited to be participating in a panel discussion/workshop alongside Dr. Austen Terwilliger of BCM TAILOR Labs, hosted by Dr. Liesl Jeffers-Francis of North Carolina A&T State University, about the development of a universal phage database and (distributed) phage library.

Virtual Event
Posted 9 months ago

Phage Oxford: Virtual Conference

Phage Oxford will take place September 9-10. Register here!

The meeting will feature over 20 oral presentations by an international faculty of senior & junior researchers from across the world, covering phage molecular and structural biology; modelling; food and biotechnology applications; phage-host interactions; and therapeutic and antimicrobial applications. Furthermore, a life-time achievement award will be presented to Professor Elizabeth Kutter (citation by Martha Clokie), who will also give a keynote address.

Virtual EventViruses of microbesiVoM
Posted 9 months ago

Introducing the Viruses of Microbes 2020 Webinar Series: Take a walk on the VoM side

VoM 2020 Organizers, ISVM, Phage Directory

Many of us were excited about Viruses of Microbes (VoM) 2020, the conference that had been set to take place this summer in Portugal. In collaboration with the International Society for Viruses of Microorganisms (ISVM) and Phage Directory, the organizers of VoM 2020 are excited to announce iVoM, a series of online lectures from prominent researchers studying viruses of microbes. These events will run monthly from September to February, in the lead-up to the in-person version of VoM, which will still take place July 2021.

The first iVoM event will be Sept. 17 at 11:00 AM GMT, under the theme “Ecology and Evolution of microbial viruses”. It will feature talks by:

  • Rob Edwards (Flinders University, Australia)
  • Ruth-Anne Sandaa (University of Bergen, Norway)
  • Colin Hill (University College Cork, Ireland)

Chairs:

  • Corina Brussaard (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands)
  • Debbie Lindell (Faculty of Biology at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)

Register for the whole series or for individual events at https://ivom.phage.directory.

PHAVESVirtual Event
Posted 9 months ago

PHAVES 5: AMA with Dr. Evelien Adriaenssens on Aug 18

Phage Directory

The next rendition of PHAVES will be an Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Dr. Evelien Adriaenssens on August 18 at 11:00 AM Eastern (GMT-4) / 4:00 PM UK (GMT+1). Evelien will answer your questions about phage taxonomy, viromics, and her transcontinental career progression from PhD student to postdoc to new PI, so bring your questions! Register here!

Virtual Event
Posted 9 months ago

SBRT Webinar: Phages for Global Health

Society for Bacteriophage Research and Therapy (SBRT)

The Indian Society for Bacteriophage Research and Therapy (SBRT) is a platform where researchers working on phages and their applications share expertise & resources.

SBRT is pleased to announce a webinar on “Using phages to combat AMR: Scientific capacity building through laboratory training workshops” by Dr. Tobi Nagel, Founder & President, Phages for Global Health; Prof. Martha Clokie, Professor, University of Leicester, UK & Editor-in-Chief of PHAGE: Therapy, Applications, and Research, and Dr. Janet Nale, Research Associate, University of Leicester. The mission of Phages for Global Health, a US non-profit, is to facilitate the application of phage technology and empower scientists to develop phage products that will be both technically effective and socially accepted within the local cultural contexts of the trainees.

Please join us on 14 August (Friday) at 8.30 pm IST/8 am PDT/4 pm BST. Register here.

TaxonomyViromicsVirtual Event
Posted 9 months ago

PHAVES 5: AMA with Dr. Evelien Adriaenssens on Aug 18

Phage Directory

Thanks to all who attended PHAVES 4 this week! We had a great turnout!

Next up will be an Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Dr. Evelien Adriaenssens on August 18 at 11:00 AM Eastern (GMT-4) / 4:00 PM UK (GMT+1). Evelien will answer your questions about phage taxonomy, viromics, and her transcontinental career progression from PhD student to postdoc to new PI, so bring your questions! Register here!

Seeking phages
Posted 9 months ago

Seeking MS2 phage

Hello Everyone ! I’m in need of the MS2 bacteriophage and its host E. coli strain in India. Other than ATCC, I find no suppliers in India. Could anyone please share them or direct me to a supplier in India please? Thanks much ! [email protected]

Phage ecologyVirtual Event
Posted 9 months ago

Bacteriophage Forum: A series of ecology/evolution phage talks

Kavli Institute, UC Santa Barbara

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara is hosting a series of phage talks (particularly from the eco-evolutionary perspective) called Bacteriophage Forum.

The dates are: August 11,18, 25 and September 1, 8, 2020 at 12:00-1:15, 1:30-2:45 pm PDT.

Tentative line-up of the talks:
Aug 11: Matthew Sullivan (OSU) and Forest Rohwer (SDSU)
Aug 18: Graham Hatfull (Pittsburgh/HHMI) and Joshua Weitz (Georgia Tech)
Aug 25: Luciano Marrafini (Rockefeller/HHMI) and Paul Turner (Yale)
Sept 1: Alison Buchan (UTK) and Britt Koskella (UCB)

Register here.

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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] to talk about this further.

Seeking environmental samples AMRPhage IsolationPhage Therapy
Posted 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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.

Seeking research placement
Posted

I am an enthusiastic beginner of phage research and a PhD holder in virus immunodiagnostics. Since phage research is quite new in my country, Kenya, I am looking for mentorship from a senior phage researcher and placement in an active phage lab where I can learn phage techniques. Thanks! Email: [email protected]

Grant funding newsPhage trainingPhage workshops
Posted

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been awarded a grant from the Mozilla Foundation in partnership with Phages for Global Health (PGH), a nonprofit organization that facilitates the application of antibacterial phage technology in the developing world.

This grant will support the digitization of PGH’s hands-on phage workshop teaching materials. During this time when PGH is unable to deliver in-person workshops due to the coronavirus pandemic, this online resource should be especially valuable, and we are grateful to the Mozilla Foundation for their timely support!

Phage Directory has started building a website for the course, and PGH’s workshop instructors will soon be depositing lecture videos, laboratory demonstration videos, experimental protocols, scientific papers on phage topics, and frequently asked questions. All of this material will be freely available to anyone in the world, and we are designing the website so that it will be more easily accessible to people in resource-limited countries where internet bandwidth is often reduced.

We plan to launch this online resource in December — stay tuned! (Read more in PGH’s newsletter here!)

Virtual Event
Posted

The next (and last) KITP Bacteriophage Forum Zoom session will be Sept 1 at noon Pacific time: Dr. Britt Koskella (UCB) will present on “Phages as drivers of bacterial diversity” followed by a general discussion session.

Phage TherapyVirtual Event
Posted

The Indian ‘Society for Bacteriophage Research and Therapy’ (SBRT) is a platform for phage researchers to share their expertise & resources. SBRT is pleased to announce a webinar on “Phage Directory: Making the world’s phages accessible, manageable and shareable” by Dr. Jessica Sacher and Jan Zheng, founders of Phage Directory. The directory was created in 2017 with an aim to develop the technological infrastructure to support an ever-expanding global collection of well-characterized phages curated by phage researchers. The mission of this independent, dynamic two-person organization is to assist in phage therapy and biocontrol by empowering the global phage community to access, use and build upon the world’s phage knowledge.

Please join us on 03 September (Thursday), 2020 at 8.30 pm IST/11 am EDT. We look forward to your participation. Register here!

Virtual EventRecap
Posted

Fantastic turnout for the first Africa Phage Forum webinar this week — thanks to the ~70 attendees who were there, and thanks to Dr. Paul Turner who gave a thought-provoking talk and extensive Q&A!

Sign up for future Africa Phage Forum events here. Next speaker: Dr. Evelien Adriaenssens on Feb 15, who will speak about: Basics of phage genome annotation and classification - how to get started.

There will soon be an Africa Phage Forum YouTube channel where talks will be posted — stay tuned! Also, join their What’s App to keep up.

Virtual EventRecap
Posted

We had a great time kicking off PHAVES for 2021 this week — thanks to everyone who attended! We had an awesome casual chat with phage researchers around the world, heard about what people are working on, what they’re proud of from 2020, and what they’re excited about for next year! The new casual format was a big hit, so we’ll likely be hosting more of these this year.

Let us know your thoughts, or if you have suggestions on other ways we can experiment with the virtual medium, or would like to recommend a speaker for this year!

Register for the PHAVES series here.

Virtual EventPhage TherapySponsor
Posted

Next week is Phage Futures 2021 (Feb 24-26)! Jessica and Jan of Phage Directory will be there, along with two dedicated social media assistants, Curtis Hoffmann and Atif Khan, to help keep you all in the loop via Twitter! (Another of our volunteers, Steph Lynch, will be in attendance too!)

And on day 1 of the conference, Jessica will moderate a panel on translation of in vitro phage results to in vivo, and understanding phage pharmacology. Panelists will be Dr. Paul Turner, Dr. Bob Blasdel, and Dr. Martha Clokie. Beyond this there will be tons more — hope to see many of you there!

Register and get 10% off with code PD10!

Posted

phageSuisse is hosting its second webinar on March 2nd at 20h00 CET on “Temperate bacteriophages and the evolution of the Staphylococcus aureus lineage 398” by Dr. Floriane Laumay from Geneva, Switzerland. Register here!

Virtual Event
Posted

PHAVES #17 will be May 18, 5pm CEST (Paris time). Quentin Lamy-Besnier, a PhD student in the Debarbieux lab at the Institut Pasteur in Paris will present their team’s newly launched Viral Host Range Database, an online tool for recording, analyzing and disseminating virus-host interactions.

Come learn from Quentin how to use this much-needed new tool for the phage community! Small group networking to follow.

Register for this talk and others in the PHAVES series at https://seminars.phage.directory!

Virtual EventPhage Directory
Posted

Thanks to everyone who attended two exciting forums we helped co-host this week! Yesterday we had ‘Phage Therapy UK: Moving toward clinical trials’, which brought tons of fruitful conversations among phage-interested medical professionals, health policy experts and phage experts from the UK and beyond! If you attended, we’d love your feedback!

And today we had the third rendition of the African Phage Forum, which began with a talk led by Dr. Jesca Nakavuma from Makerere University in Uganda, and turned into an interactive discussion about how phage researchers in Africa can progress and get funding for their work! We’ll share recordings of both seminars soon!

Whenever we can, we publish recordings of our events on our YouTube channel here — subscribe to get notified: https://phage.directory/youtube!

And if you’re part of this wonderful phage community, interested in hosting an online event or webinar series, and want someone else to take care of the technical aspects (managing registration system, event website, advertising the event, invitations, Zoom room management and tech support), Phage Directory is happy to partner with you and your team! Let Jessica or Jan know and we can chat about what you’re envisioning and how we can help.

Posted

Update from the PhageAI crew:

We’re proud to announce to you the release of PhageAI 0.8.0: extended repository and two new features: closest phages and Expert form!

What’s new:

  • uploading your sample and discovering top-10 closest phages in a global repository (alignment-free sequence comparison);
  • possibility of use an Expert form to share details about in silico analysis of phage life cycle if you are Expert user;
  • more than 22 000 publicly available bacteriophage genomes with their updated characteristics (lifecycle, taxonomy, hosts, similarities);
  • bug fixes and performance improvements based on your feedback.

Check it out at https://phage.ai

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We send Phage Alerts to the community when doctors require phages to treat their patient’s infections. If you need phages, please email us.

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Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

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