Dr Samuel Nicholls

CLIMB-COVID: A platform to support decentralised sequencing for national SARS-CoV-2 surveillance

In response to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the UK, the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium was formed in March 2020 to rapidly sequence SARS-CoV-2 genomes as part of a national-scale genomic surveillance strategy. The network consists of universities, academic institutes, regional sequencing centres and the four UK Public Health Agencies. Sam will describe the development and deployment of CLIMB-COVID, an encompassing digital infrastructure to address the challenge of collecting and integrating both genomic sequencing data and sample-associated metadata produced across the COG-UK network.

Dr Samuel Nicholls

Senior Research Fellow in Sequencing Bioinformatics, University of Birmingham

Dr. Samuel Nicholls is a computer scientist specialising in novel data structures and algorithms for the analysis of microbial communities. Sam is a post-doctoral fellow in Professor Nick Loman’s lab at the University of Birmingham where he is currently responsible for architecting tools and platforms for integrating, storing and distributing metadata and sequencing data for SARS-CoV-2 samples collected across the United Kingdom as part of the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK).