Bioinformatics course for NGS data in microbiological ecology

Microbial ecology is a fundamental basis for earth sciences, but especially important in understanding the regulation of the carbon dioxide balance and global climate change. Bioinformatics has become a bottleneck for microbial ecologists as the throughput of next-generation sequencing (NGS) instruments increases every quarter. This researcher training course shall help both young and advanced researchers to adopt necessary tools for the computational analysis of the NGS data in practice, and to form networks for solving practical problems.

The participants in this course represent many of the internationally top groups from environmental and medical molecular microbiology fields and the main lecturer (Patrick Schloss from the University of Michigan) is one of the leading bioinformatics experts in molecular microbial ecology and the coordinator of the mothur wiki-pages and free software.

A teaching package about the analysis of the high-throughput pyrosequencing data (including lectures and computer exercises) is planned, as well as lectures about the new sequencing technologies and genome sequencing analysis.

The course will be relevant for the students of the NordForsk NENUN and NordSIR networks, and also for the wider group of microbial ecology researchers.

The course is held in Jyväskylä, Finland, June 11-15 2012, read more about the event here

Facts about the project

Project number: 43081

Project leader

Marja Tiirola, University of Jyväskylä, Finland