Introduction to Microbial Community Analysis

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Location: The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut
Anticipated dates: Fall, 2022


In many fields of biology, researchers are beginning to realize the influence and impact of microbiota on individuals and systems. The skills and concepts introduced in this genomics workshop are relevant to a wide variety of microbial community analysis applications: ecological, human health associated, model organism associated, etc. Led by a team of experts from The Jackson Laboratory, the following topics will be explored:

• Microbial community analysis theory, study design and methodologies
• 16S rRNA sequencing analysis and interpretation
• Shotgun metagenomics analysis and interpretation
• De novo genome assembly
• Power calculations
• Advanced topics in microbial community analysis

All researchers interested in gaining these skills are invited to join the workshop.


Julia Oh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, The Jackson Laboratory

Dr. Oh's main research interests focus on the human microbiome - the diverse bacteria, fungi, and viruses that inhabit our bodies - for its potential to delier treatments for infectious and other diseases. Prior to joining The Jackson Laboratory, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Oh's research, exploring the complex interactions between the host and its microbes, had lead to important implications for the contribution of the microbiome to disease.

Mark Adams, Ph.D.
Professor and Deputy Director, The Jackson Laboratory

As one of the founding scientists at TIGR, Dr. Adams contributed extensively to the first genome sequence of a free-living organism, Haemophilus influenzae, and other microbial genomes. A co-founder of Celera Genomics, he led the DNA sequencing and genome annotation groups. He directed the Drosophila, human, and mouse genome sequencing projects, and a large-scale re-sequencing program to identify novel SNPs in humans.

From 2003-2011, Dr. Adams was Associate Professor of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University where he developed a research program in the evolution and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii. He also served as Director of the Genomics Core facility. From 2011-2016, Dr. Adams was the Scientific Director and Professor at the J. Craig Venter Institute. There he directed programs that characterized genomic changes in the evolution of antibiotic resistance in hospital-acquired infections.


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