Current Projects

Spotlight on TGen’s One Health
Research and Response Efforts

Pandemic Surveillance

Translating COVID-19 Genomics into Public Health Action

Using genomic epidemiology, we have a more detailed picture of the COVID-19 experience in Arizona and a better understanding of the circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 variants among communities.

Link to Arizona COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 & Pets

Wildlife and Zoo Surveillance

Understanding Circulation of SARS-CoV-2 in Arizona Communities

Wastewater surveillance can indicate presence of a pathogen before cases are even detected. We are working with partners in southern Arizona to surveil SARS-CoV-2 in multiple locales throughout the state.

Healthcare-Associated Infections & Antimicrobial Resistance

Genomic Tracking for Invasive Group A Streptococcus (iGAS)

Prevent HAARM

Our goal is to develop an advanced, statewide Healthcare-Associated Antimicrobial Resistant Microbes (HAARM) surveillance system to gather and analyze AMR data from healthcare facilities throughout Arizona.

Valley Fever & Fungal Diseases


The CocciWatch team screens ambient air samples from the Phoenix area for the presence of Coccidioides, the fungal pathogen that causes
Valley Fever.

Cryptococcus in Companion Animals

TGen epidemiologists are working with Arizona veterinary clinics to collect samples to test for Cryptococcus gattii—particularly a new strain known as VGVI, which may be endemic to the Southwest—to understand the prevalence of this fungus in cats.

Cryptococcus Investigation

Strain-specific genetic features of Cryptococcus gattii, a fungus with origins in Brazil that emerged in the Pacific Northwest, are currently being explored as potential causes of its increased virulence.

Tracking Foodborne Pathogens


TGen is developing a rapid next-generation sequencing assay that will detect dozens of foodborne pathogens and antibiotic- resistance genes present along any step of food production and transportation.

Vectorborne and Zoonotic Diseases

West Nile Virus

Researchers from TGen and Northern Arizona University are developing phylogeographic models of West Nile virus dispersal across the Southwest. Viral sequencing of West Nile virus from mosquito pools in Arizona and the Southwest has led to a more comprehensive understanding of how West Nile virus moves across the region.

Citizen Science Supports Tick-borne Pathogen Surveillance

In collaboration with academic partners, TGen has harnessed citizen science tick surveillance to investigate tick-borne pathogen dynamics, including vector distribution, vector population dynamics, pathogen distribution, pathogen prevalence, and factors influencing human-tick interactions.

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