Dr. Gustavo Palacios is the Director of the Center for Genomic Sciences (CGS) at the United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). The CGS is a state-of-the-art genomics laboratory that houses the most advanced sequencing equipment available, including all members of the Illumina (MiSeq, NextSeq and HiSeq), PacBio (RS and Sequel), and Oxford Nanopore technologies. The CGS is involved in projects including pathogen discovery, pathogen population genetics, system biology of infectious diseases, vaccinomics and antibody discovery, functional genomics and synthetic biology as well as discovery and characterization of mechanism of antimicrobial resistance. The CGS is located within USAMRIID, providing unique access to BSL-3 and BSL-4 facilities where highly pathogenic agents can be handled. As such, the Center is focused in conducting research on select agents and potential biowarfare agents.
Dr. Palacios’s research interests include the molecular evolution and epidemiology of emerging viral diseases, pathogen discovery and creating mechanisms to accelerate research and development against emerging pathogen threats. Dr. Palacios was responsible for the first application of next generation sequencing technologies for pathogen detection and he was also a pioneer in the development of the field of Near-Real Time Molecular epidemiology. Dr. Palacios has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts including publications in Cell, Science, Nature, and the New England Journal of Medicine.
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