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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.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Applied Pathogen Genomics series

This series is designed for infectious diseases professionals seeking practical skills in the groundbreaking areas of pathogen genomics and bioinformatics. Taught by leading genomics experts, it will equip you with the capacity to analyse and use genomic data in your own practice.

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For individuals

To take Microbial Genomics: DNA Sequencing Basics as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Microbial Genomics: DNA Sequencing Basics, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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