Project Description

Dr Ken McGrath

Australian Genome Research Facility Ltd (AGRF), Brisbane

Next-generation sequencing – technology overview

Next generation sequencing & bioinformatics

Monday 3 July 2017

Ken McGrath is the manager of the Brisbane Lab of the Australian Genome Research Facility. He completed his undergraduate degree with honours in 2001 at QUT working with the plant biotechnology group on developing transgenic bioreactors, and transitioned to UQ for his PhD work investigating the genetic regulation of plant defence responses to disease, in collaboration with CSIRO. Following this, his postdoctoral research at UQ involved examining the transcriptomes of mixed microbial communities in industrial and agricultural settings. In 2009, Ken joined the AGRF as sequencing supervisor, and currently helps manage submissions and workflows on a range of next-generation sequencing platforms, as well as contributing to the “Extreme Microbiome Project” – an international collaboration studying microbial communities of the extreme environments around our planet.
The “Next-Generation Sequencing” landscape is one of constant change, with new and emerging technologies competing with established methods and platforms. Ken talks about the sequencing technologies that currently dominate the sequencing landscape, as well as those that are poised to take over from them. In doing so, Ken will explain how each of the sequencing technologies works, and will give examples of projects that are suitable for each type of platform, as well as taking a look at what’s “next” in Next-Gen.
Presentation slides are not available from the speaker.