About MGIP


The Meningococcus Genome Informatics Platform (MGIP) is a suite of computational tools for the analysis of multilocus sequence typing (MLST) data. MLST is used to generate allelic profiles to characterize strains of Neisseria meningitidis, a major cause of bacterial meningitis worldwide. N. meningitidis strains are characterized with MLST as specific sequence types (ST) and clonal complexes (CC) based on the DNA sequences at defined loci. These data are vital to molecular epidemiology studies of N. meningitidis, including outbreak investigations and population biology. MGIP analyzes DNA sequence trace files, returns individual allele calls and characterizes the STs and (CCs). MGIP represents a substantial advance over existing software in several respects: 1) ease of use - MGIP is user friendly, intuitive and thoroughly documented; 2) flexibility - because MGIP is a website, it is compatible with any computer with an internet connection, can be used from any geographic location, and there is no installation; 3) speed - MGIP takes just over one minute to process a set of 96 trace files; and 4) expandability - MGIP has the potential to expand to more loci than those used in MLST and even to other bacterial species.

Jordan Lab

The Jordan Lab is a bioinformatics lab at GA Tech. Several members of the lab have worked on or are still working on MGIP including Lee Katz, Rob Taylor, Chris Bolen, and Dr. I. King Jordan. Dr. Leonardo Mariño-Ramírez is not affiliated with the lab but has also been helping with the project.

CDC Meningitis Lab

Those from the meningitis lab at the CDC that are involved in the MGIP are composed of Leonard Mayer, Susanna Schmink, Brian Harcourt, and Xin Wang.

Supporting Papers

The preferred citation of MGIP is through our Katz et. al, 2009 paper.

  • Katz LS et. al. Meningococcus Genome Informatics Platform: a System for Analyzing Multilocus Sequence Typing Data NAR, 2009) (PDF)
  • Maiden et. al. Multilocus sequence typing: A portable approach to the identification of clones within populations of pathogenic microorganisms. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA Vol. 95, pp. 3140.3145, March 1998 (PDF)
  • Chien-Shun C et. al. Molecular epidemiology and emergence of worldwide epidemic clones of Neisseria meningitidis in Taiwan. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2006 6:25 (PDF)
  • Ewing B et. al. Base-calling of automated sequencer traces using phred. Genome Res. (1998) 8,175-185
  • Ewing B et. al. Base-calling of automated sequencer traces using phred. II. Error probabilities.. Genome Res. (1998) 8,186-194
  • Gordon, D. et al. Automated finishing with autofinish. Genome Res. (2001) 11, 614-625
  • Altschul, Stephen F., Thomas L. Madden, Alejandro A. Schäer, Jinghui Zhang, Zheng Zhang, Webb Miller, and David J. Lipman , Gapped BLAST and PSI-BLAST: a new generation of protein database search programs, Nucleic Acids Res. (1997) 25:3389-3402.


Thank you to Keith Jolley and Martin Maiden for their enthusiasm and help with MGIP.

We would also like to thank Ahsan Huda and Maryanne Ku for their help with the website design.

Lastly, thank you to Troy Hilley for maintaining the MGIP server.

This site made use of the Neisseria Multi Locus Sequence Typing website (http://pubmlst.org/ neisseria/) developed by Keith Jolley and Man-Suen Chan and sited at the University of Oxford (Jolley et al. 2004, BMC Bioinformatics, 5:86).
This site also made use of the databases found on neisseria.org.
MGIP makes use of the following JavaScript packages: Prototype, Scripaculous, Proto.Menu, ModalBox, CoolTips, PluginDetect, tablesort and Lightbox. Also, the following CSS modules and icon sets are used: Reset Reloaded, Circular, Milky, Sweetie, and the aforementioned JavaScript packages' CSS modules.

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