Viromics Workshop

The Sullivan Lab invites you to join our
Viromics Workshop at The Ohio State University, Oct 18-20, 2017

Hosted by Matthew B. Sullivan
with lectures from Ben Bolduc (OSU), Simon Roux (JGI), David Páez-Espino (JGI), and Arvind Varsani (ASU)

Organizing Committee:
Mya Breitbart, Bonnie Hurwitz, David Páez-Espino, Simon Roux, Matthew Sullivan, Arvind Varsani, and Steven Wilhelm

Why Viromics?

Microbes are now recognized as integral to ecosystem function in the oceans, soils, bioreactors, and humans, but recent evidence suggests microbial roles are strongly influenced by viruses. Sequence-based, viral metagenomic (viromic) approaches have transformed the study of viruses in these complex communities. This 2.5 day workshop kicks off with a mini-symposium to showcase diverse virome-enabled science and then seeks to introduce graduate students and postdocs to the informatics tools (iVirus and IMG/VR) available to develop biological understanding of viruses from viral and microbial metagenomic datasets.

Should I attend?
The workshop is primarily geared towards PhD students and postdocs, but we will also consider early career faculty. The tools and databases presented will be of most use to those studying viruses of bacteria and archaea (rather than viruses of eukaryotes), particularly in complex communities across any ecosystem. Significant hands-on training, as well as discussion sessions will be the focus of the workshop.

How do I apply?
Applications are now closed.  If you would like to get on our mailing list for future workshops, please email Lauren Chittick.

Where is it being held?
The workshop will take place at interactive spaces available at the OSU Mathematical Biosciences Institute, located in Jennings Hall. Visitors flying in from out of state should arrive at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), and taxi or ride-share to the Red Roof Inn near campus. There are several restaurants and a grocery store in the adjacent shopping center.

Are there any fees to attend?
No — your only costs are to travel and stay here (e.g., airfare, taxis, hotel). We thank the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences for partial funding support, as well as the OSU Mathematical Biosciences Institute for providing the venue. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, dinner (up to the attendee) will be left informal to let small groups form.

Accommodations? Block rate rooms are available until 29 September 2017 (extended from 17 Sept 17) at the Ohio State University Red Roof Inn for $64.99/night plus taxes. After that hotel accommodations are up to the participant. To book a room, please call 1-800-733-7663 (open 7 days a week, from 6 AM – 3 AM EST), and use Block Code B121OSUDM2 to reserve.

Required reading? Please be sure to arrive having read these three papers carefully.

Roux, S. et al. 2017. Benchmarking viromics: An in silico evaluation of metagenome-enabled estimates of viral community composition and diversity. PeerJ.  In press.  PREPRINT

Paez-Espino, D. et al. 2017. Nontargeted virus sequence discovery pipeline and virus clustering for metagenomic data. Nature Protocols. 12: 1673-82.   LINK

Bolduc, B. et al. 2017. iVirus: facilitating new insights into viral ecology with software and community datasets imbedded in a cyberinfrastructure. ISMEJ. 11: 7-14.   LINK

Paez-Espino, D. et al. 2016. IMG/VR: A database of cultured and uncultured DNA Viruses 1 and Retroviruses. Nucleic Acids Research. 45: D457-D465.   LINK

Dayaram et al. 2016. Diverse circular replication associated protein encoding viruses circulating in invertebrates within a lake ecosystem. Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 39: 304-316.    LINK

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