Allison Black

PhD student
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In the fall I will be starting my PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. I’m interested in how we can use pathogen sequence data to understand patterns in disease transmission, and from an applied public health perspective, how we use that data to better prepare for and respond to outbreaks.

I received my bachelor’s from Quest University in British Columbia, Canada, studying health sciences, and did a post-baccalaureate year at the University of Manitoba studying microbiology. I’m currently finishing my master’s in Genetic Epidemiology at the University of Washington, investigating evolutionary and epidemiological dynamics of Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus, a rhabdovirus that infects Pacific salmon.


Genetic characterization of the Zika virus epidemic in the US Virgin Islands

Epidemic establishment and cryptic transmission of Zika virus in Brazil and the Americas

Multiplex PCR method for MinION and Illumina sequencing of Zika and other virus genomes directly from clinical samples

Geography and host species shape the evolutionary dynamics of U genogroup infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus


zika-seq - Pipelines to do MinION sequencing of Zika virus

zika-usvi - Evolutionary analysis of USVI Zika epidemic


The Bedford lab becomes a sequencing lab...

Evolutionary dynamics of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus in Pacific salmon

Postcard from Brazil