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Advanced Bioinformatics workshop for early career researchers. 26 - 30 November, 2018

The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) is pleased to present its 9th Early Career Researcher workshop for 2018. Headlining this year's program are international experts Rob Knight, Erik Garrison, Melinda Yang and Christian Huber.

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 a recap of introductory concept lectures on Monday, but please be aware that tutors will pitch at an intermediate level throughout the week.


To guarantee a seat, please be sure to book here.

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+61 08 8313 3952

  • Erik Garrison

    Erik's research focuses on the development of a software toolkit for practical pangenomics, specialising in genomics, developing sequencing systems and he has also participated in the large scale sequencing project, 1000 Genomes Project. Erik is currently working at the Sanger Institute.

  • Melinda Yang

    Currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Melinda's research interests are in understanding population history of ancient humans using statistical theory and programming skills.

  • Rob Knight

    Rob Knight is a Professor at the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at the University of California. Rob heads a lab that investigates techniques that seeks to understand the evolution of the composition of biomolecules, genomes, and communities, specialising in microbes.

  • Christian Huber

    Before arriving to Adelaide to undertake his ARC DECRA Fellowship, Christian was working at the University of California (in the Lohmueller Lab) where he focused on using whole-genome population sequencing data to infer the distribution of fitness effects (DFE) and dominance coefficients of new mutations in different species.

Program 26-30 November, 2018

includes morning tea break Monday 26: Tuesday 27: Erik Garrison Wednesday 28: Melinda Yang Thursday 29: Rob Knight Friday 30: Christian Huber


G2.2 (ground level) Ingkarni Wardli Bldg

Welcome, PC login setups, including command line essentials referesher

Erick Garrison: PANGenomics:
Understanding the limitations of linear reference genomes compared to pangenomes; Building and visualising a pangenome

Using f-statistics to study ancient populations, an introduction to the Admixtools software Metagnomics: Introduction to microbioal ecology

Inference of positive and purifying selection from population genetic data: Introduction to classical methods and new developments.

Lunch break
includes afternoon tea break

3:30pm Ice Breaker. Attrium, Ingkarni Wardli Building

Hands on: VG (variation graph): Alignment and variant calling in a pangenome. Hands on: Demographic inference Hands on: QIIME2 and Qiita database Hands on: Inference of selection with fitdadi, SweepFinder2, and rehh
Public lectures 5-6pm Erik Garrison: Graphical pangenomics Melinda Yang: Ancient DNA: a mirror into our evolutionary past Rob Knight: How the genes in our microbiome out number our human genes, and can cause or cure disease. Christian Huber: Population genomics of selection in natural populations -

Registration $300 to attend the full week (5 day) program. No single day registrations. Payment online open until end of October, 2018. Book here now.


Venue Hands on session and lectures are in the computer suite, G2.2 (ground level) Ingkarni Wardli Building, and Benham Lecture Theatre, ground floor G10 map here


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

  1. 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 $140/night.
  2. The Oaks Embassy 96 North Terrace, Adelaide. 1 bedroom apartment from AUD $135.00.
  3. Try the site Backpacker and Youth/Student Hostels in Adelaide where a listing of local backpackers is provided.
  4. Another site for students who are willing to share accommodation - check EasyRoommate or Adelaide Backpackers.
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