Project Description

John Pearson


QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Defensive NGS informatics – what can go wrong and how do you know when to throw in the towels?

Next generation sequencing & bioinformatics

Monday 4 July 2016

Next-generation sequencing has radically changed medical research by allowing deep interrogation of the DNA and RNA of pathogenic organisms, families with inherited disorders and the de-novo mutations responsible for tumourigenesis.  As with any new technology, a “gold rush” mentality can arise where being first to the answer can push rigour and methodological soundness into the background.  In this seminar, I’ll talk from QCMG experience about some of the ways sequencing can go wrong, how the problems became apparent, what we did about them, and tools we developed to try to catch the same problems in future.
John Pearson has spent 25 years as a bioinformatician creating software for medical researchers and has worked at NIH, UQ, QIMR Berghofer and was a founding Faculty member at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). John has held software development grants from Microsoft, the American Cancer Society, and the National Institutes of Health and has participated in the 1000 Genomes Project and the International Cancer Genome Consortium.