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A Team of Undergrads, Led by Zhijing Zhao (Biology Major), Has Won the University-wide NLM/NCBI/NIH Metagenomics Discovery Challenge

June 21, 2018

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Demonstrating the power of student data scientists and researchers, Deloitte and the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Library of Medicine (NLM) celebrated two student-led research teams that made significant new virus and antibiotic resistance discoveries. These student teams, from San Diego State University (SDSU) and Kingsborough Community College of The City University of New York (KCC CUNY), used novel computational techniques to identify patterns in DNA data, provided by the NLM National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Sequence Read Archive (SRA).

At KCC CUNY, students learned to perform bio-surveillance on public metagenomic datasets, identifying fungal and other micro-eukaryotic, bacterial, archaeal, and viral sequences within these datasets. The students analyzed HIV, HPV and Lyssavirus datasets, among others. Their findings reinforced the fundamentals of computational biology utilizing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology, a critical tool in determining metagenomics data sets. Further plans are underway to developing this as a research opportunity for all interested CUNY students and beyond. Read More