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This is an add-on workshop for an additional $25 that can be purchased alone or in combination with conference tickets. Register here.

Workshop 1: RAD Genomics

Workshop on Reading, Assembling, Analyzing, & Designing Genomic Data

  • Monday, October 9, 2023

  • 8:15 am – 5:00 pm 

  • Auditorium


Workshop includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and reception.

This Rice Ken Kennedy Institute sponsored workshop will focus on bringing together scientists spanning multiple disciplines with interest in learning more about the rad world of genomics.  Join an inspiring discussion and scientific engagement specific to reading, assembling, analyzing, and designing genomic data.

Organizers: Todd Treangen (Rice University) & Vicky Yao (Rice University)

The goal of this workshop is three-fold:

  1. Serve as a primer on these foundational topics in genome informatics for the uninitiated.

  2. Encourage discussion and engagement.

  3. Provide a new platform for networking and collaboration in genome informatics in the Gulf Coast region.

Check-in + Breakfast
8:15am – 9:00am

9:00am – 9:10am

  • Todd Treangen, Ph.D. – Associate Professor at Rice University

Keynote Session
9:10am – 10:10am

  • Fritz Sedlazeck, Ph.D. – Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine; Adjunct Associate Professor at Rice University

    • Talk Title: 5 Years of Long-Reads: From Research to Clinical

10:10am – 10:30am

Invited Talks
10:30am – 11:20am

  • Sonia Villapol, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor at Houston Methodist Academic Institute

    • Talk Title: Manipulating the Gut Microbiome to Improve Brain Damage Recovery

  • Blake Hanson, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor at UTHealth Houston

    • Talk Title: In Pursuit of the “Perfect” Bacterial Genome Assembly, Balancing Technology and Biology

11:20am – 11:45am

Panel Discussion
11:45am – 12:30pm

  • Todd Treangen, Ph.D. (moderator)

  • Vicky Yao, Ph. D. (moderator)

  • Fritz Sedlazeck, Ph.D.

  • Sonia Villapol, Ph.D.

  • Blake Hanson, Ph.D.

  • Stephanie Hicks, Ph.D.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Invited Talks
1:30pm – 2:20pm

  • Qiliang Lai – Ph.D. Student at Rice University

    • Talk Title: seismicGWAS: A Fast and Accurate Computational Framework for Identifying Disease Associated Cell Types with Key Insights into Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Buck Samuel, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine

    • Talk Title: Bridging the Divide: Identifying Genetic Drivers of Host-Microbiome Interactions Using Model Hosts

2:20pm – 2:45pm

Keynote Session
2:45pm – 3:45pm

  • Stephanie Hicks, Ph.D. – Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    • Talk Title: Scalable Computational Methods and Software for Single-Cell and Spatial Data Science

Concluding Remarks
3:45pm – 4:00pm

  • Vicky Yao, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor at Rice University

RAD Social
4:00pm – 5:00pm

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