Plant Bioinformatics Workshop


     J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, MD


     June 16-20, 2014


     March 15, 2014


     March 31, 2014


We will hold our next Plant Bioinformatics Workshop at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD from June 16-20, 2014 (Monday through Friday). We introduced an extended 5-day format in 2013 to allow more time for hands-on exercises as well as specific interactions with JCVI personnel on your own research.

The first morning of the workshop will be an introduction to Unix and command line operations. Attendees with some familiarity with Unix could opt-out of this session. The remainder of the workshop will cover all aspects of the bioinformatics processes and analyses used to sequence, assemble and annotate a plant genome using the Medicago truncatula genome as a model. This will include command line tools, genome assembly and annotation, RNA-seq assembly and analysis and comparative genomics. There will be hands-on exercises throughout the week using NextGen sequence data whenever appropriate.

We will feature presentations from a number of guest speakers with domain expertise, who will present either in person or from a remote location using the WebEx Conference system.

Please refer to tentative schedule for more information

The workshop is supported by our NSF Plant Genome grant and ALL expenses of participants currently working in US laboratories will be covered. It is expected that participants will arrive on Sunday June 15 and leave either in the evening of Friday June 20 or the morning of Saturday June 21.

Applications should be sent to with the following details:

  • Applicant's family name and the word WORKSHOP in the subject line
  • A Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A statement of research interests
  • In the case of graduate students and post-docs, a letter of support from their mentor that can be sent separately.

Attendance will be limited to 20 people and it is unlikely that we will accept two individuals from the same institution.

Screening of applicants will begin on March 15th and should be complete by March 31st, at which time individuals will be contacted to make travel arrangements.

We also plan to make the entire workshop accessible via the internet using WebEx to allow participation by individuals who are unable to attend in person. Details will be available later.