Using a Train-the-trainer approach, we aim to apply the concept of forward teaching and equip professionals who are already knowledgeable in pathogen genomics data science with the skills needed to train others.

Targeting specialised professionals

The TtT programme will target specialised professionals in laboratory sciences and clinical microbiology at different career stages, whose feedback will play an important role in shaping and tailoring the training resources and teaching methods.

Blended learning

A mix of training delivery formats will allow for the combination of traditional conceptual lectures delivered online or virtually with face-to-face sessions of hands-on work with tutor support.


The programme will integrate pedagogical and data science aspects for effective design, development and delivery of pathogen genomics training.

FAIR training materials

We plan to create course materials that are properly described, registered and made reusable by the end of our programme.

Upcoming Courses

How to design and deliver pathogen genomics training for health and research professionals

26-29 June 2023

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton

Implementation Team

David Aanensen

Prof. David Aanensen

Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance

Senior Education Developer

Dusanka Nikolic

Wellcome Connecting Science

Silvia Argimon
Genomic Epidemiologist

Silvia Argimon, PhD

Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance

Monica Abrudan
Training Development Lead

Monica Abrudan, PhD

Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance

Rachel Berkson
Education Manager

Rachel Berkson, PhD

Wellcome Connecting Science

Alice Matimba
Global Training Manager

Alice Matimba, PhD

Wellcome Connecting Science

Project Manager

Diana Connor

Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance

Learning Technologist

Katherine Kaldeli

Wellcome Connecting Science

The Data Science and Genomic Pathogen Surveillance Training Programme is implemented by the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance at the Big Data Institute Oxford in collaboration with Wellcome Connecting Science.

The Big Data Institute is located in the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery at the University of Oxford. It is an interdisciplinary research centre that focuses on the analysis of large, complex data sets for research into the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of disease. Research is conducted in areas such as genomics, population health, infectious disease surveillance and the development of new analytic methods. The Big Data Institute is supported by funding from the Medical Research Council, the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, the National Institute for Health Research Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, and philanthropic donations from the Li Ka Shing and Robertson Foundations.

The CGPS​ is an interdisciplinary team, with expertise in microbial genomics, genomic epidemiology, public health, bioinformatics and web and mobile software engineering, whose main goal is to translate the analysis of pathogen spread and AMR research into public health benefit.

Wellcome Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

We connect researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces to explore genomic science and its impact on people. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning and measures attitudes, drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Wellcome Genome Campus.

Our Courses and Conferences team funds, develops and delivers training and conferences that span basic research, cutting-edge biomedicine, and the application of genomics in healthcare. We work with globally-renowned scientists and healthcare professionals, and run events online, on the Campus, and in regional training hubs across Africa, Asia and Latin America, that aim to educate, inspire, and transform careers.