MDIBL Environmental Genomics

MDIBL Environmental GenomicsA NERC funded short course to guide genomics research applied to environmental sciences


Date: 17-18 January 2014

Location: The University of Birmingham

Course leaders: John Colbourne, Mark Viant, Joseph Shaw, Ben King, Xin Zhou

Research Organisations involved: University of Birmingham (UK), BGI (Shenzhen, China), Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (USA)

This FREE 2-day course trains scientists to understand how gene function is influenced by environmental conditions while accounting for variation that exists within and among natural populations.
Participants are taught Core Modules (CM) and Optional Modules (OM) using open-source analysis tools and existing OMICS data:

  • (CM1) Course Presentation Acquiring Environmental OMICS Data,
  • (CM2) Bioinformatics Training Introduction to UNIX and R computing languages,
  • (CM3) Bioinformatics Training Visualization of sequence and metabolomics data for quality assurance,
  • (CM4) Course Presentation Software solutions for the sequence and metabolomics data workflows & their applications for environmental research,
  • (CM5) Bioinformatics Training Visualizing complex data,
  • (CM6) Course Presentation Statistical considerations for analysing genome-scale data,
  • (OM1) Bioinformatics Training Sequence data analysis workshop using R to analyse Tuxedo output,
  • (OM2) Bioinformatics Training Biological inference using pathway analysis,
  • (OM3) Bioinformatics Training Exploring genome sequence variation,
  • (OM4) Bioinformatics Training Exploring transcriptional variation,
  • (OM5) Bioinformatics Training Exploring metabolomics variation,
  • (CM7) Synthesis Session Integrating environmental omics data.

Daphnia is used for training because of its growing use as a model system for environmental genomics and for improving environmental health protection, yet the skills learned during the course will be applicable to all study systems with mature genomics resources.

Open to: Participation is open to everyone.

Priority is given to attendees of the EMBO Conference (The Mighty Daphnia, past present and future) meeting held at University of Birmingham on 19-22 January, 2014, and to NERC-funded PhD students and early-career postdocs.

Please note those participants from NERC funded positions are eligible for travel and accommodation bursaries (maximum award £350). Participants will be informed after the closing date if they have been awarded this bursary and will be reimbursed after the course.

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