Analysis of Metagenomic Data

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Course Objectives

Metagenomics, the sequencing of DNA directly from a sample without first culturing and isolating the organisms, has become the principal tool of “meta-omic” analysis. It can be used to explore the diversity, function, and ecology of microbial communities. The CBW has developed a 3-day course providing an introduction to metagenomic data analysis followed by hands-on practical tutorials demonstrating the use of metagenome analysis tools. The tutorials are designed as self-contained units that include example data and detailed instructions for installation of all required bioinformatics tools.

Participants will gain practical experience and skills to be able to:

  • Design appropriate microbiome-focused experiments
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of metagenomic data analysis
  • Devise an appropriate bioinformatics workflow for processing and analyzing metagenomic sequence data (marker-gene, shotgun metagenomic, and metatranscriptomic data)
  • Apply appropriate statistics to undertake rigorous data analysis
  • Visualize datasets to gain intuitive insights into the composition and/or activity of their data set

Target Audience

Graduates, postgraduates, staff bioinformaticians and PIs working with or about to embark on analysis of marker genes, metagenomic, and metatranscriptomic data from microbiome-focused experiments.

Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with Linux environment and statistical analysis is required. Must be able to complete and understand the following simple Linux tutorial before attending:

You will also require your own laptop computer. Minimum requirements: 1024x768 screen resolution, 1.5GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 10GB free disk space, recent versions of Windows, Mac OS X or Linux (Most computers purchased in the past 3-4 years likely meet these requirements). If you do not have access to your own computer, you may loan one from the CBW. Send us an email for more information.

Pre-work and pre-readings can be found on the student workshop pages.

Course Material