Category: 2016 WS Online Lectures

Community diversity in metagenomes: one, many and thousands – Ben Woodcroft

Shotgun Illumina sequencing is an increasingly common method of studying microbial communities as it allows estimation of functional potential and recovery of population genomes. Studying communities with metagenomics is not subject to the primer biases inherent in traditional amplicon-based approaches. … Read more

Genomes from metagenomes: recovery and analysis of population genomes – Kate Ormerod

The host microbiome has been firmly established as critical to host physiology. However, many members of this community have yet to be cultured and characterised. As such, it remains difficult to ascribe their contributions to gut and systemic function, and … Read more

Towards 4 dimensional (eco) systems biology in the sea – Edward DeLong

Microbial communities regulate the cycling of energy and matter in the marine environment, yet the variability of their activities in space and time, and how they dynamically respond to both natural and anthropogenic environmental changes, is not well understood. Genome-enabled … Read more

Illuminating microbial dark matter via single-cell genomics – Christian Rinke

Our view of microbial genomic diversity is severely skewed with the majority of all sequenced bacterial and archaeal genomes belonging to only four bacterial phyla. This bias results in part from our inability to cultivate most microbes, a necessary step … Read more

Tools and methods for microbial ecological genomics – David Wood

The advent of culture-independent techniques for studying microbial ecology (microbial ecological genomics) has had tremendous industrial, medical and environmental impact, and greatly expanded our knowledge of the tree of life. Advances in sequencing and bioinformatics continue to underpin this field. … Read more

The extraordinary evolution of the great ape microbiome – Howard Ochman

Despite the large body of work concerning the human microbiome and its role in human health, there is little information about how the microbiome evolves or the factors causing differentiation among species. Analysis of the gut microbiomes of great ape … Read more

Resource talk: what the COMBINE network does for ECRs in bioinformatics and computational biology – Leah Roberts


Creating data visualisations that won’t be forgotten using the R programming language – Chris Brown

Visualisations are a crucial aid for interpreting your data and also for communicating your research, yet too little attention is paid to teaching the skills required to create great visuals. A great visual will enhance the impact of your research, … Read more

Network and data visualisation and analysis in Cytoscape – Melissa Davis

The representation of systems of molecular interactions as networks enables the application of graph-based visualisation and analysis methods. In this presentation, I will briefly review different methods for the visualisation and analysis of molecular networks, and then present in depth … Read more

Experimentation at the interface of art and science: narrative, cognitive embodiment and alternative visual language – Kate Patterson

Biodata visualisation is a term used to describe a diverse field that encompasses data visualisation, science visualisation for education, visual science storytelling and expressive artwork inspired by science. Scientific visualisation has a long history, however, the combined evolution of technology … Read more