The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is an organization that works to accelerate biomedical research and help the world conquer disease. Within the Broad, the Sabeti Lab specializes in infectious diseases and has a long history of working with partner countries to surveil and respond to outbreaks across the world. They develop diagnostic technologies, generate and analyze pathogen genomes, build tools for data sharing, and provide training for the scientific and public health workforce. The lab has been on the front line of most of the major outbreaks of the past two decades, including Ebola, Zika, Lassa, and the recent coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the STOP Spillover consortium, the Broad Institute’s Sabeti Lab collaborates with STOP Spillover’s country teams and other consortium members to implement proven technologies and develop innovative CRISPR-based systems for pathogen detection. With an initial focus in Liberia, the team is working with stakeholders to apply technology for performing real-time surveillance in humans, wildlife, and domestic animals to help stop future spillovers and pandemics before they start.