MDI Biological Laboratory and the Maine INBRE program are launching a new one-day workshop entitled: “MINOTA: Maine-INBRE Nonmodel Organism Transcriptome Analysis”.
The combination of increased availability and reduced expense in obtaining high-throughput sequencing has made transcriptome profiling analysis a standard tool for the molecular characterization of widely disparate biological systems. Researchers working in common model organisms (e.g., mouse, zebrafish, or nematode) have relatively easy access to a broad range of resources and tools for the analysis and interpretation of their data. In contrast, researchers working in less commonly studied organisms and systems often must develop project/system/organism-specific resources and tools. These tasks can be especially challenging to research groups that work in isolation at institutions with relatively modest computational staffing and resources.
In response to this challenge, MDI Biological Laboratory and the Maine INBRE are hosting one-day workshop with the specific goal of bringing together a community of Maine INBRE researchers and students who are focused on transcriptome analysis of nonmodel organisms. The goals for this workshop are
- Presentations and discussion of state of the art computational approaches and tools for
- Assembly of RNAseq reads into de novo transcriptomes
- Functional annotation of de novo transcriptomes
- Gene expression analysis using the transcriptome as a target for alignment/quantification
- Carrying out computational analysis in robust and reproducible manners
- Establishment of shared needs, communication forums, and possibly working groups
- Sharing of resources to facilitate nonmodel transcriptome analysis in a cloud computing context (established and maintained by Maine INBRE and MDIBL personnel)
For this first instance of the course, attendance will be limited to 20 attendees drawn from Maine INBRE partner institutions. Future instances will likely be opened to participants from a broader scope.
This project is supported by the Maine INBRE and MDI Biological Laboratory.
- Joel H. Graber, Ph.D.Senior Staff Scientist, Director of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics CoreMDI Biological Laboratory
8:00-9:00 am, check-in and breakfast bites
9:00am-12noon, morning session
1:00-4:00pm afternoon session
On campus housing is available, details to be announced.