HUMAN VIRUS IN FECALLY CONTAMINATED WATER, THE VIROME OF URBAN SEWAGE
The Laboratory of Viruses Contaminants of Water and Food belongs to the Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics of the University of Barcelona (UB).
Our research is based on the study of hepatitis A and E (HAV and HEV) viruses, enteroviruses, adenoviruses, noroviruses, polyomaviruses and other emerging human viruses that can be transmitted by water or contaminated foods. We also apply the detection of several indicator viruses for tracing faecal contamination in the environment (Microbial Source Tracking). We work to develop and optimize methods to detect and study the characteristics of all these viruses and we are interested in adapting these techniques to be able to apply them to "in situ" scenarios as could be contexts of humanitarian crises. We are also foused on the study of potential emerging viruses transmitted by water or food using New Generation Sequencing (NGS) tools.
The group is part of:
• Catalan Network of Biotechnology (http://www.xrb.cat/index.php?lang=ca)
• The Water Institute of the University of Barcelona (http://www.ub.edu/aigua/ca)
• The Consolidated Research Group of the Generalitat of Catalonia "VIRBAP, Viruses, bacteria and protozoa of interest in water and food"