Workshop on NGS technologies and Informatics tools for studying Marine Biodiversity and Adaptation

DNA sequencing and genotyping technologies are advancing very fast, with the development of novel methodologies and machinery and the utilization of new types of molecular markers, giving insights into genomes rapidly, thus changing both the scale and the mode of genetic analysis. This offers a unique opportunity to get better insights into marine genetic biodiversity and to study adaptive genetic variation and developmental and molecular physiology mechanisms that allow organisms to adapt to new environments (e.g. climatic changes, invasions, new pathogens).

This workshop aims to:

a) present key concepts on Next-Generation DNA sequencing and genotyping techniques

b) provide a comprehensive overview of available bioinformatics tools for analyzing whole genomes, discovering molecular markers, genes and annotation,

c) present the advantages and caveats of new approaches for studying genetic biodiversity,

d) integrate these new approaches into population and conservation genomics, phylogenomics and adaptation.

The workshop will consist of a series of lectures that cover various aspects of marine biodiversity and adaptation. Invited speakers are chosen based on their effectiveness in teaching theory and practice in genetic diversity, genomics, phylogenomics, and adaptation. Included among the faculty are developers and other experts in the use of computer programs and packages for the analysis of high-throughput data.

Who can attend: The workshop targets mainly PhD students and post-docs, but also researchers interested in high-throughput DNA analysis methods.

The workshop will take place at the Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics (IMBG) - HCMR, Heraklion, Crete. in October 1 - 3, 2012.

The  Workshop will take place back to back with the HSCBB12 Conference (October 4-6, 2012), which is organized by the Hellenic Society of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (HSCBB). This Conferenec will be held at FORTH premises at Voutes, Crete and includes key note lectures by invited speakers and panel discussions.

Monday, October 1, 2012 to Wednesday, October 3, 2012
IMBG-HCMR, Heraklion, Crete, Greece