MetaSUB Projects

Members of the consortium have launched several sub-projects with aims to explore the microbiome.

The MetaSUB International Consortium launched on June 21, 2016 with the first annual Global City Sampling Day (gCSD). In coordination with Ocean Sampling Day, scientists, researchers, and trained citizen scientists will be collecting samples from oceans and mass-transit systems around the globe.

As a part of a global consortium to monitor cities, we will pioneer the first-ever, city-scale collection and measure of the Olympics, dubbed the Olympiome.  We will track the localization, transit, and persistence of these visitors’ metagenomes and determine where they colonize and change the local urban metagenome of the host city, including the presence and the fluctuations of medically relevant entities such as anti-microbial resistance markers (AMRs) and phages.

StuckOnU is an experiment we’ve been conducting over two years now across various conferences and meetings where we swab participant’s phones and sequence the DNA “stuck” on your phone. We utilize the latest in next generation sequencing to do a full metagenomics profile of your phone so this lets us look at the microbiome

MetaBEA (Metagenomics analysis of the BEAches in Montevideo, Canelones and Maldonado, Uruguay) is a project to analyze the quality of the beaches for health, promotional and improvement purposes.  This project is currently run by Gaston Gonnet, Gregorio Iraola and Ricardo Ehrlich at the Institut Pasteur, Montevideo.

The MetaSTREET project aims at monitoring of the molecular diversity of both the eukaryotic and prokaryotic micro-organisms present in the street gutters at the city scale, and in different countries. The understanding of these world-wide communities might have huge public health consequences. The management of street microorganisms, which might spread within the entire cities, could also have implications in the management of runoff by municipalities and help to build smart and sustainable cities.

The MetaSEW project (Metagenomics of the SEWage system) consists of the periodic metagenomic analysis of several points of the sewage system to collect approximate numbers of each of the species detected.  This project is run in cooperation with the Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo (IMM), Uruguay.

The BK BioReactor is an infrastructural bio-network designed to support and propel these investigations into the future and generate an active space for the community to inquire, investigate and project findings back to the community. Akin to the canoes in which our D.I.Y. investigations occurred and central to the BK BioReactor is a roving watercraft, which is capable of docking at specific locations along the canal for sampling events and to showcase research findings through the activation of vestigial spaces.

The CAMDA Challenge

The Scientific Programme Committee of the Conference on Critical Assessment of Massive Data Analysis (CAMDA) focuses on one of the grand challenges of our time, which is the harnessing of Big Data in the biological sciences. The interpretation of large data sets is now one of the scientific key techniques in the post genomic era.