June 9, 2015  |  General

Attend Our Worldwide User Meetings & SMRT Informatics Developers Conference

If you’d like to hear about the latest applications of SMRT® Sequencing from users, we have several events coming up. Our worldwide user group meetings and workshops feature PacBio users sharing their latest research, tips, and protocols, as well as our staff providing training and updates on products and methods to optimize your research. We’re always humbled by the quality and variety of science presented at these meetings. And for the bioinformatics crowd, we have a new event in August focused on developing new analytical tools for PacBio® data.

Here’s more detail on each event, including registration details:

Americas East Coast UGM & Workshops
June 16 – 18
Baltimore, MD
Hosted by the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland

Attendees at our day-long user meeting in Baltimore will also have the option to join a half-day bioinformatics workshop (June 16 or 18) and an afternoon sample prep workshop (June 16). The bioinformatics workshop will cover large genome assembly with FALCON and analysis for the Iso-Seq™ method, among other topics. Special guests Jon Badalamenti and Sergey Koren will host on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. The sample prep workshop will include talks on ultra-long DNA fragments, barcoding, targeted sequencing with solution-based capture, the Iso-Seq method, an intro to the SMRT Portal, and more.

Here are the confirmed speakers and topics for the user meeting (June 17):

Using long reads to improve a benchmark human Genome in a Bottle, Justin Zook, Ph.D., The National Institute of Standards and Technology

High quality full length 16s sequence: A case study in sino-nasal biogeography, Josh Earl, M.S., Drexel College of Medicine

Toward building niche diagnostic assays that benefit from targeted long-read sequencing methods, Robert P. Sebra, Ph.D, Director of Technology Development, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

No assembly required: Full-length MHC class I allele discovery by PacBio circular consensus sequencing, Mariano Sanchez-Lockhart, Ph.D., United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease

Characterization of fusion genes and the significantly expressed fusion isoforms in breast cancer by hybrid sequencing, Kin Fai Au, Ph.D., Department of Internal Medicine and Biostatistics, University of Iowa

Construction of large insert target enrichment libraries for PacBio long read-length sequencing, Min Mark Wang, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine

Deep sequencing in the deep subsurface: de novo metagenomic assembly to recover complete genomes from the Soudan Iron Mine, Jon Badalamenti, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Improving maize reference resources with hybrid sequencing approaches, Doreen Ware, Ph.D., USDA ARS, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Using PacBio long reads to generate a high quality reference for the allotetraploid Coffea arabica and its maternal diploid ancestor Coffea eugenioides, Marcela Yepes, Ph.D., Cornell University

Register to attend the Americas UGM & Workshops

Asia/Pacific UGM
July 15-16
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Confirmed speakers and topics:

BAC to the future with PacBio’s long read sequencing technology, Rod A. Wing, Director of Arizona Genomics Institute

Bioinformatics for full-length 16S rDNA sequence data, JongSik Chun, CEO, ChunLab, Inc., Seoul National University

Next wave of de novo livestock genome assemblies, Tad S. Sonstegard, Ph.D., USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Acting National Program Leader – Animal Production

Human trio sequencing at HIR, Koh Chong Lek, Ph.D., Head of the Research Business Unit, High Impact Research, University of Malaya

De novo assembly of an asian diploid genome using SMRT sequencing, Chang-Hoon Kim , Ph.D., Director, Macrogen Bioinformatics Institute

Full-length transcriptome sequences and splice variants obtained by a combination of sequencing platforms in Salvia miltiorrhiza, Dr. Xu Zhi Chao, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development

Whole genome sequencing of a newly isolated rubber-degrading Streptomyces sp, Professor Sudesh, University of Sains Malaysia

Complexity of a gastric cancer transcriptome revealed by long read sequencing, Dr.Tannistha Nandi, Genome Institute of Singapore

Deep Sequencing of viral populations in HBV patients, Yuan Zhu, Genome Institute of Singapore

Near complete genome sequences of azuki bean and wild Vigna species, Dr Ken Naito, Genetic Resource Center, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences

Register to attend the Asia UGM

Europe UGM
November 9-10
Barcelona, Spain
Hesperia Tower Hotel and Conference Centre

Save the date! Additional details to come shortly.

SMRT Informatics Developers Conference
August 26
Gaithersburg, MD
Hosted by NIST, immediately prior to the Genome In A Bottle Workshop

The goal of the conference is to advance development of analytical tools for PacBio data by enabling in-person brainstorming and idea exchange among software developers and the bioinformatics community. Through facilitation of open discussion and collaboration, the event will nurture development of new and existing open source tools for de novo assembly, structural variations, methylation and Iso-Seq analysis.
Our agenda features a full day of collaborative discussions focused on developing and improving data analysis tools for PacBio SMRT Sequencing technology.

Confirmed speakers include:

• Gene Myers, Ph.D., Founding Director, Systems Biology Center, Max Planck Institute
• Adam Phillippy, Ph.D., National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center
• Sergey Koren, Ph.D., National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center
• Mihai Pop, Ph.D., University of Maryland
• Aleksey Zimin, Ph.D., University of Maryland
• Jason Chin, Ph.D., Pacific Biosciences
• Ali Bashir, Ph.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine
• Adam English, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
• Shinichi Morishita, Ph.D., University of Tokyo
• David Alexander, Ph.D., Pacific Biosciences
• Kin Fai Au, Ph.D., University of Iowa
• Thomas Skelly, M.Phil. (Cantab), Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer
• Ana Conesa, Ph.D., University of Florida
• David Tse, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
• Wing Wong, Ph.D., Stanford University

Register to attend the SMRT Informatics Developers Conference

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