Museum of Southwestern Biology
Museum of Southwestern Biology

The Museum of Southwestern Biology is a research and teaching facility in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico.

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Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

University of New Mexico
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM, USA 87131


Overview The Challenge Partners Peppers Team Science Education

The PICANTE Challenge...

... Is to develop a proactive (predictive) model to integrate diverse data from pathogens, wild hosts, and the changing human/environment interfaces. We propose to leverage

  • samples and informatics from biodiversity infrastructure.
  • high-throughput pathogen screening pipelines
  • informatics networks to identify high-risk pathogens, and social, environmental, biological features contributing to pandemic risk
  • interface signatures allow generalizable predictions, real-time geovisualization, and international scalability for action in communities and in the policy arena.
  • modeling approaches (genomic, geo-spatial, mathematical and agent based) to interpret, analyze and communicate data from vast biorepositories to predict the next pandemic.
  • the DAMA protocol (document, assess, monitor, and act)