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Hiruna Samarakoon

Genopo: a nanopore sequencing analysis toolkit for portable Android devices

About Hiruna Samarakoon

Hiruna Samarakoon is a Research Assistant at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka working alongside the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney. Hiruna graduated from the University of Peradeniya in 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering. He is interested in improving widely used bioinformatics workflows to be executed in resource-limited and real-time settings.


During pandemics like COVID-19, tracking the mutations helps to trace the roots of the virus within countries and globally. Hence, the viral genomes from all over the world should be sequenced and shared publicly as much as possible. Genopo is an Android application providing a portable, low-cost solution taking away the burden associated with DNA sequence analysis. Genopo was used to determine the complete genome sequence of the human coronavirus in nine patient isolates sequenced on a nanopore sequencer, with Genopo executing this workflow in less than 30 minutes per sample on a range of low-cost smartphones.

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Hiruna Samarakoon

Hiruna Samarakoon