• WHAT: NCBI Genomics Resources workshops
  • WHO: Dr. Ben Busby, NCBI Genomics Outreach Coordinator
  • WHEN: Wednesday March 8th & Thursday March 9th, 2017
  • WHERE: Chemistry Computer Lab, 266 Chevron
  • HOSTS: Health Sciences Library System/Molecular Biology Information Service & Center for Research Computing

In this workshop series, Dr. Ben Busby will describe how NCBI has enhanced several of its genomics resources in the last few years and how some of its public databases can be queried for computational biology and clinical questions.

**Please register for each session of interest individually.**

Wednesday, March 8th

10 AM – 11 AM: Exploring the Many Possible Futures of Genomics
In this introductory talk, Dr. Busby will cover how NCBI efforts tie in with future worldwide efforts in genomics.

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM: Using Gene, RefSeq, BLAST, and Variation Resources for Biomedical Research (hands-on)
Improved access to the underlying genomic data has made it possible to BLAST into NCBI’s large genomic databases. Access to and submission of literature, metadata, genomic datasets, and reference genomes will be discussed.

2 PM – 3 PM: Clinical Research Resources–ClinVar, dbGaP, and beyond (hands-on)
For less computationally sophisticated users, NCBI has introduced variation viewer and variation reporter–powerful tools for researchers and clinicians to investigate disease causing variants found in several populations reported in the ClinVar, dbVar and dbSNP databases.

Thursday, March 9th

10 AM – 12 PM: Large Scale Genomics for Biomedicine (Advanced class, requires familiarity w/command line)
There are several gaps between public genomics data and open-source software used by the community. There will be a brief discussion about functional software prototypes developed in NCBI hackathons to bridge these gaps, upcoming hackathons, as well as general strategies for hosting data science hackathons at any institution.

Let us know if you would like to meet with Dr. Busby after this session.

Ben Busby is the Genomics Outreach Coordinator for NCBI, and the Chair of the Bioinformatics Department at the Foundation for the Advanced Education in the Sciences. He is very interested in the integration of large genomic datasets, specifically in the metadata harmonization and statistical normalization necessary to do so.