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FELLOWS APHL Initiates Classes of AR, Bioinformatics Fellows by Heather Roney, MA, manager, Fellowship Programs The Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Fellowship program held its orientation at CDC’s Roybal Campus in August. Fellows attended presentations by CDC programs, participated in discussions with subject matter experts and received detailed laboratory walk-throughs. The experience provided a closer look at how CDC is working to combat the rising threat of AR and the fellows’ role in that effort. The Bioinformatics Fellowship program followed with its orientation in September, also in Atlanta. Prior to the orientation, fellows attended a machine learning course hosted by CDC and the Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory. During the orientation, fellows were given an overview of APHL and the role that sequencing has played in the evolution of infectious disease detection and surveillance. Fellows were given an overview of the bioinformatics resources at both the CDC and at the state PHLs. During the presentation on state PHL bioinformatics capacity, the unique challenges that PHLs face in this arena were discussed. Current Bioinformatics Fellows Curtis Kapsak and Tiffany Hsu and current AR Fellows Nicholas Florek and Emily Snavely attended ASM’s next generation sequencing conference in Tysons, VA in September. Snavely and Hsu were awarded travel scholarships based on their abstracts. Snavely’s abstract was entitled “Development and Validation of a Clinical Whole Genome Sequencing Pipeline for the Detection of Antimicrobial Resistance Gene’s in Bacterial Isolates” was selected for an oral presentation. Hsu presented a poster on building bioinformatics capabilities in New England public health laboratories. Applications for the 2019 Antimicrobial Resistance and Bioinformatics Fellowship programs are now open. For information about these and other APHL fellowship programs, please see our website. Top: AR Fellows attend an orientation program at CDC in August. (l to r:) Bradley Craft, Nadine Peinovich, Abby Hoffman and Jessica Plemmons Bottom: APHL’s newest class of Bioinformatics Fellows at their orientation program. (l to r:) Erin Young, Yvette Unoarumhi, Peter Cook, Curtis Kapsak and Vincent Caruso Former Infectious Diseases Fellow Thomas Moore presented a poster at the August ICEID meeting in Atlanta. “Enhanced Surveillance for Heartland Virus in Tennessee” was based on his fellowship work at the Tennessee Department of Health. n PublicHealthLabs @APHL Fall 2018 LAB MATTERS 35