Pre-Conference Short Courses* 

Monday, March 18, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Short Course One 

NGS Sample Prep

The emergence of next-generation sequencing technologies have revolutionized genomic research. This dramatic increase however, still involves complicated and labor intensive workflows for upstream sample preparation, library construction, and template amplification. Instructors share their solutions to prepare for sequencing runs (including the specific requirements of sequencing platforms) by addressing customizability, compatibility and cost effectiveness.


Melissa Liu, Ph.D., Application Marketing Scientist, Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Alexander Seitz, M.D., CEO , Lexogen
Curtis Knox, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Lucigen

Additional Instructors to be Announced


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Short Course Two 

Functional Genomics

Sequencing of whole genomes is advancing exponentially. While these genome sequencing efforts reveal the basic building blocks of life, a genome sequence alone is insufficient for elucidating biological function. In addition, there is a real opportunity and clear need to generate associated functional genomic data. This short course is designed to provide the scientific basis of bridging the gap between gene sequence and gene function.

Alexander Kaplun, Ph.D., Field Applications Scientist, BIOBASE Corporation

Ali Torkamani, Ph.D., Director, Genome Informatics and Drug Discovery, The Scripps Translational Science Institute; Assistant Professor, Molecular and Experimental Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute

Janusz Dutkowski, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Ideker Lab, Departments of Medicine and Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego

Additional Instructors to be Announced


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Dinner Short Courses* 

Tuesday, March 19, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Short Course Three 

Sequencing 101

In less than five years, next-generation sequencing has gone from radical to routine. Naturally, in a field moving so fast, newbies can feel overwhelmed. Sequencing 101 is designed to provide definitions of terminology, types of platforms and workflow strategies, as well as current applications and future directions. Learn about the genomic data revolution from data generation to management to analysis and interpretation. This course is perfect for those needing an introduction to next-generation sequencing technology and applications.

Instructor: Ryan Kim, Ph.D. Director, UC Davis Genome Center, DNA Technologies and Expression Analysis Cores, University of California, Davis


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Short Course Four 

NGS Assembly and Alignment

The most important first step in understanding next-generation sequencing data is the initial alignment or assembly. This course is designed to provide an overview of alignment and assembly algorithms, and comparisons for various applications.


Knowing your NGS Upstream: Alignment and Variant Callers

Gabe Rudy, Vice President, Product Development, Golden Helix

Gabe Rudy discusses the importance of choosing the correct alignment and calling tools for successful sequencing.


Gabe Rudy, Vice President, Product Development, Golden Helix 


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