Disease outbreaks and policies to counter the outbreaks
Dr. Patrick Tang (MD, PhD) is the Division Chief of Pathology Sciences at Sidra Medicine. In this role, Dr. Tang is responsible for the development and implementation of new molecular and genomics-based tests for microbiology and infectious diseases, and other diagnostic disciplines in the clinical laboratory at Sidra. Dr. Tang will also lead a research program to advance microbial genomics and metagenomics to combat infectious diseases and outbreaks as well as better understand the role of microorganisms in human health and disease.
Dr. Tang’s clinical and research interests are in the application of genomics and metagenomics to infectious diseases and public health as well as the development of novel molecular diagnostics. He is a pioneer in the use of whole-genome sequencing to understand outbreaks and the use of metagenomics to uncover new infectious agents. His research projects have included searching for novel infectious agents in chronic diseases and outbreaks, using genomics to reduce TB transmission, studying the microbiomes of people and animals, tracking the spread of avian influenza, and looking for better ways to monitor water pollution.