Microbial Genomics: DNA Sequencing Basics
Explore the theory of DNA sequencing and the revolutionary role it can play in public health microbiology and epidemiology.
- Fees: $990 AUD (inc GST)
- Delivery mode: Online
- Duration: 4 weeks / 40 hours
- Doherty Institute
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Microbial genomics is revolutionising clinical and public health responses to communicable diseases. Generating high-quality DNA sequence data is a vital part of this process.
This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for health professionals seeking a fundamental understanding of the science behind DNA sequencing, best-practice approaches to generating it, and how it can help address the public health challenges of our times.
This course is co-designed and delivered in partnership with the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.
This course is endorsed by Galaxy Australia, a service provided by the Australian BioCommons and its partners. The service receives NCRIS funding through Bioplatforms Australia and the Australian Research Data Commons as well as Queensland Government RICF funding. It is further supported, operated, and managed by teams at QCIF at the University of Queensland and Melbourne Bioinformatics at the University of Melbourne.
Explore the fundamental science of DNA sequencing
Grasp the theory underpinning DNA sequencing and different sequencing approaches (including whole-genome, amplicon, metagenomics). Explore the pros and cons of each when applied to different scenarios.
Discover best-practice DNA sequencing approaches
Understand common DNA extraction and library preparation methods, as well as the importance of sequence data quality control. Gain practical experience in assessing data quality, using the online microbial genomics platform Galaxy.
Understand quality control approaches and lab workflows
Explore different genome sequencing workflows and the quality control parameters that should be considered when setting up a pathogen genomics laboratory.
Analyse pathogen genomic DNA sequence data
Drawing on your new knowledge, you'll independently examine a sequence dataset, establishing how it was generated, and assess the quality of the data.
Who you will learn from
Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.
Professor Tim Stinear
Scientific Director of the Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics research centre
Tim is a molecular microbiologist and research-teaching academic. He leads a team of scientists focused on understanding how certain types of bacteria spread and cause disease. In addition, he is the Scientific Director of the Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics research centre and a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Fellow.
Dr Claire Gorrie
Bioinformatician - MDU PHL - Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Claire Gorrie is an early career researcher whose work focuses on developing genomic techniques for studying the evolution and transmission of antimicrobial resistant pathogens both in healthcare facilities and the wider community. During her PhD, she studied Klebsiella pneumoniae, and has since expanded her scope to include a range of bacterial pathogens such as Enterococcus faecium, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Neisseria gonorrhoea.
Dr Sarah Baines
Research Officer, Antimicrobial Resistance, Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Sarah Baines is an early career researcher specialising in microbiology and genomics, as applied to understanding the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). For her PhD, she investigated the population and functional genomics of drug-resistant lineages of Staphylococcus aureus. She continues to research S. aureus population dynamics, more recently expanding to other bacterial pathogens of public health interest to understand complex mechanisms of AMR.
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