Next-generation Sequencing (NGS) Standards Innovation Challenge 2022 Winner
We are excited to announce that Dr. Girish Neelakanta from the University of Tennessee submitted the winning entry in ATCC's recent innovation challenge. In this challenge, we called upon innovators throughout the scientific community to submit a proposal of how they are using ATCC NGS Standards in new, interesting, or daring applications.
Dr. Neelakanta's research
Ticks are known to transmit a variety of pathogens to humans and other vertebrate hosts. To obtain a successful blood meal, ticks must secrete saliva during feeding to modulate the host immune response to suppress clotting, antibody production, complement activation, and cytokine production. This modulation not only facilitates feeding but also enables the transmission of pathogens from the tick to the host. While skin immunity is known to play a role in the tolerance of tick-borne pathogens, the role of the skin microbiome in immunomodulation during tick feeding is not well understood. In this study, the team seeks to characterize whether tick feeding and transmission of the pathogen Anaplasma phagocytophilum modulates the host skin microbiome. The ATCC Skin Microbiome Genomic Mix (ATCC MSA-1005) will be used as a control in quantitative real-time PCR assays throughout the study. The findings from this study will provide valuable insights into vector-borne disease and vector biology.
Did you know?
Vector-borne diseases annually contribute to more than 700,000 deaths globally.
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Cara Wilder, PhD, ELS
Senior Scientific Writer, ATCC
Dr. Wilder is a Senior Scientific Writer at ATCC. She has a PhD in Microbiology with background experience working with several pathogenic bacterial species in both in vitro and in vivo environments. Dr. Wilder is the author of numerous publications on varying topics of scientific relevance, including quality control, microbial contamination, assay development, proficiency testing, and multidrug resistance.
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