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Mon 11 Dec - Fri 15 Dec 2023
09:30 - 17:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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Working with Bacterial Genomes (IN-PERSON)
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Mon 11 Dec - Fri 15 Dec 2023

Description

This comprehensive course equips you with essential skills and knowledge in bacterial genomics analysis, primarily using Illumina-sequenced samples. You'll gain an understanding of how to select the most appropriate analysis workflow, tailored to the genome diversity of a given bacterial species. Through hands-on training, you'll apply both de novo assembly and reference-based mapping approaches to obtain bacterial genomes for your isolates. You will apply standardised workflows for genome assembly and annotation, including quality assessment criteria to ensure the reliability of your results. Furthermore, you'll learn how to construct phylogenetic trees using whole genome and core genome alignments, enabling you to explore the evolutionary relationships among bacterial isolates. Lastly, you'll apply methods to detect antimicrobial resistance genes. As examples we will use Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae, allowing you to become well-equipped to conduct bacterial genomics analyses on a range of species.


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Additional information
  • ♿ The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access.
  • Our courses are only free for registered University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged according to our charging policy.
  • Attendance will be taken on all courses and a charge is applied for non-attendance, including for University of Cambridge students. After you have booked a place, if you are unable to attend any of the live sessions, please email the Bioinfo Team.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here.
Target audience

The course is aimed at biologists interested in microbiology, prokaryotic genomics and antimicrobial resistance.

Prerequisites

Essential

Desirable

Sessions

Number of sessions: 5

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Mon 11 Dec 2023   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Andries van Tonder,  Sebastian Bruchmann,  Dr. Zachary Ardern,  Joana Raquel Pereira Dias,  Dr Bajuna Salehe,  Francesc Coll
2 Tue 12 Dec 2023   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Andries van Tonder,  Sebastian Bruchmann,  Dr. Zachary Ardern,  Joana Raquel Pereira Dias
3 Wed 13 Dec 2023   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Andries van Tonder,  E. Dimopoulos,  C. Ruis,  Joana Raquel Pereira Dias,  Dr Bajuna Salehe,  Ewan Harrison
4 Thu 14 Dec 2023   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Andries van Tonder,  E. Dimopoulos,  C. Ruis,  Dr Bajuna Salehe,  Harry Hung
5 Fri 15 Dec 2023   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Andries van Tonder,  E. Dimopoulos,  Sebastian Bruchmann,  Nicola De Maio,  Dr K. Baker
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Data visualisation, Data handling, Bacterial genomics, Antimicrobial resistance, Phylogenetics, Pathogen surveillance

Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Choose the most suitable analysis workflow based on the genome diversity of a given bacterial species.
  • Differentiate between "de novo assembly" and "reference-based mapping" approaches for reconstructing bacterial genomes.
  • Apply standardised workflows to assemble and annotate genomes using both approaches.
  • Evaluate the quality of assembled genomes and determine their suitability for downstream analysis.
  • Detect and remove recombinant regions.
  • Construct phylogenetic trees using both whole genome and core genome alignments.
  • Detect the presence of antimicrobial resistance genes in your isolates.
Aims

During this course you will learn about:

  • Utilising standardised Nextflow workflows designed for bacterial genomics.
  • Conducting quality control of raw sequencing data using the avantonder/bacQC pipeline.
  • Performing de novo genome assembly, annotation, and quality assessment using the avantonder/assembleBAC pipeline.
  • Creating whole genome multiple sequence alignments with nf-core/bactmap and core genome sequence alignments using Panaroo.
  • Identifying and removing recombinant regions with Gubbins.
  • Building maximum likelihood phylogenetic trees with IQ-Tree.
  • Conducting antimicrobial resistance (AMR) analysis with species-specific tools (TB-Profiler), online tools (Pathogenwatch) and the nf-core/funcscan pipeline.
Format

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

Timetable

Under revision

Registration Fees
  • Free for registered University of Cambridge students
  • £ 60/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, temporary visitors (students and researchers) and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • It remains the participant's responsibility to acquire prior approval from the relevant group leader, line manager or budget holder to attend the course. It is requested that people booking only do so with the agreement of the relevant party as costs will be charged back to your Lab Head or Group Supervisor.
  • £ 60/day for all other academic participants from external Institutions and charitable organizations. These charges must be paid at registration
  • £ 120/day for all Industry participants. These charges must be paid at registration
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here
Duration

5

Frequency

once per year

Theme
Bioinformatics

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