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Advanced Bioinformatics workshop for early career researchers.

The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) is pleased to present its 8th Early Career Researcher workshop, as 2 separate programs for 2017. Sponsored by CABAH, headlining this year's program are international experts Blanca Himes and Allan McRae for the 2 day NGS program; and Antonio Gonzalez Pena, Ran Bleckman and Dan Huson for the 3 day metagenomics workshop. Priority entry will be granted tto delegates wishing to do the full week's program.

Pre-requisites: Delegates must be fluent with UNIX environments and command lines, and will require an intermediate knowledge of the technology and analytical tools of NGS. There will be no introduction lectures in this program, so please be aware that tutors will pitch at an intermediate level.


Expression of Interest to attend this workshop please email here

Venue: University of Adelaide
North Terrace Campus

For enquiries: email / Ph
+61 08 8313 3952

  • Antonio Gonzalez Pena

    Antonio is a programmer analyst in Rob Knight's Lab at the University of California. His main interest is developing new computational methods to compare large numbers of microbial communities and to put these comparisons in a temporal and spatial context, with the ultimate goal of understanding and controlling microbial communities to improve health in different environments. Antonio specialises in using QIIME, Qiita, SitePainter, Emperor and Evident.

  • Blanca Himes

    Dr Himes obtained her PhD in Medical Physics and Bioinformatics from Harvard MIT. Her research has focused on asthma genetics and pharmacogenetics, using traditional statistical approaches and machine learning methods. Dr Himes is currently an Assistant Professor of Informatics in the Department of biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania.  

  • Allan McRae

    Dr Allan McRae obtained a BSc in Statistics from the University of Otago and his PhD in Quantitative Genetics from the University of Edinburgh. Allan currently leads the Systems Genomics theme in the Program in Complex Trait Genomics at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, UoQ. His research group focuses on the understanding of genetic and environmental control of variation in low level biological traits, including DNA methlyation and gene expression, and how this can inform our understanding of complex disease.

  • Dan Huson

    Dan is Professor of Algorithims in Bioinformatics at the University of Tubingen. Dan's main focus is on developing new and advanced algorithms for bioinformatics with particular interest in Phylogenetic Trees and networks, metagenomic anlaysis, resequencing and genome analysis, miRNAs as well as Evolution and Ecology. He serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of CeGAT GmbH.

  • Ran Blekhman

    Ran is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, with a join appointment in the Department of Genetics, Cell biology, and Development and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Ran holds a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Chicago.

Program 13-17 November

  2 x day NGS program 3 x day Metagenomics program
includes afternoon tea break

Monday 13th Blanca Himes

Tuesday 14th Allan McRae

Wednesday 15th Antonio Gonzalez Pena

Thursday 16th Ran Blekhman

Friday 17th Dan Huson

High-throughput data analysis pipeline: a comprehensive guide on using BWA and GATIK lectures and practicals using PLINK and R Look at QIIME and getting started with the updated microbiome analysis software Tutorial on HOMIND: identiying interactions between the human genome and microbiome MALT, MEGAN
DIAMOND + MEGAN (for short reads
Lunch break
includes afternoon tea break hands on practicals hands on practicals hands on practicals hands on practicals LAST+MEGAN-LR (long reads)
Public lectures 5-6pm Allan McRae: The genomic basis of human disease Antonio Gonzalez Pena: title TBA Ran Blekhman: title TBA Dan Huson: Computational microbiome sequencing data for short and long reads N/A

Registration $300 to attend the full week (5 day) program. $200 to attend either the Metagenomics 3 day session or 2 day NGS session. Expression of interest to attend are via the online form here. Payment weblink will be posted in October.


Venue Hands on session and lectures are in the Mawson Building, Computer Suite ground floor G12, and Mawson Lecture Theatre, ground floor G19 map here.


Accommodation The following is a list of accommodation venues we normaly use for their close proximity to the University and affordability:

  1. Adelaide Riviera Hotel, North Terrace, City. Standard room is around AUD $125.00 and approx 10mins walk to the University. Contact phone +61 8231 8000 or Toll free in Australia only # 1800 061 300.
  2. Hotel Grand Chanchellor Adelaide on Hindley - 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide city. 7mins walk to the University campus.  Contact email: / phone: +61 8 8231 5552 Standard room from $150/night.
  3. The Oaks Embassy 96 North Terrace, Adelaide. 1 bedroom apartment from AUD $135.00.
  4. Try the site Backpacker and Youth/Student Hostels in Adelaide where a listing of local backpackers is provided.
  5. Another site for students who are willing to share accommodation - check EasyRoommate or Adelaide Backpackers.
Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
School of Biological Sciences
Darling Building
North Terrace Campus

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


T: +61 8 8313 3952
F: +61 8 8313 4364
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