Operation GNome

Whole Genome Sequencing Community Learning Group


Based on results of the 2016 NYCoE regional Needs Assessment survey, whole genome sequencing (WGS) and its applications to foodborne outbreak surveillance and investigations clearly emerged as a "training need".  To address this, the NYCoE is hosting online WGS community learning groups, a monthly "grand rounds"-type discussion to go over actual cases encountered by regional partner states, and share ideas and questions within the regional partners.  These are case-based, discussion-driven web conferences where the spirit of collaboration and information exchange are the expectation, and where current and best-practices can be communicated, strengthening and calling on the spirit of the Learning Collaborative.


  • 1) a 10-minute introduction by a subject-matter expert (SME) on a topic of relevance to the case, if requested by the case presenter(s),
  • 2) a 20-minute presentation of a foodborne outbreak investigation where WGS was used, either to solve or to obfuscate the case
  • 3) a 30-minute discussion period where all participants share advice, ask questions, collaborate on a solution, etc.


September 20, 2016 (2-3pm):

Case presented by: New York State Department of Health
SME: Madhu Anand, NYSDOH (Epi)
Moderators: Paula Huth (Epi) and Bill Wolfgang (Lab), NYSDOH
(A partial recording for this session is available by emailing gbs55 [at] cornell.edu (gbs55[at]cornell[dot]edu))

October 26, 2016 (10-11am):

Case presented by: Connecticut Department of Public Health

November 30, 2016 (2:30-3:30pm):

Case presented by Massachusetts Department of Public Health

December 2016:

Break for holidays

February 17, 2017 (11:30am-12:30pm):

Case presented by New York State Department of Health. 

March 31, 2017 (10:00-11:00am):

Case presented by Martin Wiedmann, Cornell University. View the case presentation. 

July 26, 2017 (11:00am-12:00pm):

Case presented by Martin Wiedmann, Cornell University. View the recording

We are always looking for cases to discuss!  If your health department has a case to present, please contact mw16 [at] cornell.edu (Martin Wiedmann) or gbs55 [at] cornell.edu (Genevieve Sullivan). If you would like to be added to our listserv so that you can remain up to date on our Operation GNome series, please email gbs55 [at] cornell.edu (Genevieve Sullivan).