Dr Claudio Köser BA MA PhD (Cantab)

College Research Associate

  • Postdoctoral Scientist, CU Dept of Medicine

Claudio Köser studied Natural Sciences and Part II Genetics at the University of Cambridge as an undergraduate and gained additional research experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. He returned to the Department of Genetics in Cambridge for his PhD.

Claudio is currently a postdoctoral scientist in Professor Sharon Peacock's laboratory with a joint appointment between the Cambridge Clinical Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory (Public Health England) and the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge. His main interests lie in the translation of rapid whole-genome sequencing from a tool for research to a routine diagnostic test, particularly for tuberculosis. He has been collaborating with Illumina, the market leader in next-generation sequencing, for more than six years. This has resulted in a number of high-impact proof-of-principle studies that demonstrated the clinical utility of rapid desktop sequencers for a variety of bacterial pathogens – especially for tracking the spread of pathogens in hospitals and the community (www.goo.gl/0Y41es). Whilst continuing to conduct applied microbiological research, Claudio’s focus is shifting to the policy implications of the introduction of real-time pathogen whole-genome sequencing, which will require far-reaching changes to current diagnostic workflows.