2013 Workshop

Plant Bioinformatics Workshop


     J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, MD


     July 15-19, 2013

(Rolling deadline)

     Preferably by May 1, 2013
     (We will stop accepting applications closer to May 15.)


     May 15, 2013


We will hold our next Plant Bioinformatics Workshop at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD from July 15-19, 2013 (Monday through Friday). This year we are extending the workshop to a full 5 days 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 US participants will be covered. It is expected that participants will arrive on Sunday July 14 and leave either in the evening of Friday July 19 or the morning of Saturday July 20. The workshop has been scheduled to immediately precede the ASPB 2013 meeting in Providence RI making it possible to combine both events into your schedule if desired.

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 May 1st and should be complete by May 15, 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.