Dr. Trevor Bedford receives awards from MacArthur Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

MIDAS member Dr. Trevor Bedford recently received two prestigious awards. He was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and also selected as a 2021 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship

Dr. Bedford is an Associate Professor at Fred Hutch in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division. He is co-founder of the open source Nextstrain platform. Dr. Bedford’s research focuses on phylodynamic analysis of pathogen sequence data with an intent of making inferences that are actionable to public health. This research program spans a number of viral systems including seasonal and avian influenza, Ebola, Zika, SIV, MERS-CoV, dengue and mumps. This requires development of mathematical and statistical methods to integrate infectious disease sequence data into evolutionary and epidemiological models.

“During the pandemic, Bedford has assisted public health departments in Washington, Florida, California, Utah, Minnesota and Michigan; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health; the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control; and the World Health Organization in interpreting SARS-CoV-2 genomic data. Along with collaborators from UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s and Fred Hutch, Bedford is a co-investigator of the Seattle Flu Study. Seattle Flu Study researchers detected one of the first cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and warned public health officials that the virus’s genomic data indicated community spread.”

Read the full press release from Fred Hutch for more background:

Photo credit: Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

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