Background and current state of research
Identification of pathogens using next generation sequencing (NGS) could be a very promising method for future diagnostics in the clinic . In the past it has been shown that especially for specific diseases that have limits in standard diagnostics, e.g. neuroleptospirosis, NGS could be an attractive alternative . Also for unknown pathogenes in ,for example, ancient specimen, pathogen DNA could be detected via NGS .
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 A. Devault, K. McLoughlin, C. Jaing et.al. Nature - Scientific reports 2014 Ancient pathogen DNA in archaeological samples detected with a Microbial Detection Array. read more
My aim for the thesis is to develop a method to identify specific pathogens in different kinds of human specimen or tissues.
How to get there
We will employ a customized enrichment technique and develop a tailored bioinformatic pipeline in this pilot project. In a first step we will concentrate on the most commonly tested pathogens in the University Hospital.