Kate Cook

Research Interests

My pronouns are she/her.

I am interested in many types of infectious diseases and the ways in which molecular biology can be used to understand them and track their transmission. After completing a research masters in trypanosome genomics at Bristol during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I started my first job, which involved sequencing SARS-CoV-2 for public health and as part of the national pandemic surveillance response, COG-UK. I was drawn to the Walsh lab/Ineos Oxford institute as AMR is a similar problem that may be solved in similar ways, and I have been setting up the Nanopore sequencing workflow for the Program C lab. I am passionate about the power of genomics not only for understanding the spread of things like AMR, but also for the information it provides that can inform the introduction of interventional measures. I am enjoying applying my sequencing skills and knowledge of pathogen genomics to various projects occurring in the lab.