HUMAN VIRUS IN FECALLY CONTAMINATED WATER, THE VIROME OF URBAN SEWAGE
The Laboratory of Virus Contaminants of Water and Food belongs to the Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics of the University of Barcelona (UB).
Our research program mainly focuses on pathogens like hepatitis A and E viruses (HAV and HEV), enteroviruses, adenoviruses, noroviruses, polyomaviruses and other human emergent viruses that may be present in contaminated water or food. We also focus on techniques for Microbial Source Tracking of fecal pollution. We work on developing and optimizing methodologies to detect and study the presence and characteristics of viruses present in water and food and are interested in adapt these techniques to apply them to “in field” scenarios such humanitarian crisis. Recently we are evaluating the presence of emergent viruses potentially transmitted by water and food through the development of next Generation Sequencing protocols for environmental samples.
The group participates in:
- The Water Institute from the University of Barcelona (http://www.ub.edu/aigua/en/)
- The Catalan Biotechnology Reference Network (http://www.xrb.cat/index.php?lang=en)
- The "Research Group” from the Catalan Government "VIRBAP, Viruses, bacteria and protozoa in water and food