Viromics Workshop

The 4th (nearly annual) OSU Viromics Workshop

May 8-10, 2019 at OSU’s Mathematical Biosciences Institute

Hosted by

Matthew B. Sullivan

Teaching staff

Ben Bolduc (OSU), Simon Roux (JGI), David Paez-Espino (JGI),

Arvind Varsani (ASU), Bonnie Hurwitz (U Arizona), Ben Temperton (U Exeter)



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, IMG/VR, KBase) available to develop biological understanding of viruses from viral and microbial metagenomic datasets.


Where is it being held?
OSU’s Mathematical Biosciences Institute, which is located at Jennings Hall (3rd floor), 1735 Neil Ave, Columbus OH 43210.


A draft agenda is available here.


A block of 40 guest rooms (mix of singles and doubles) are reserved until 3/30/2019 at the Red Roof Inn Plus at $64.99/night (plus tax) from May 7-11, 2019. To book these, contact their general reservation line (1-800-733-7663) and reference the block code OSU507. The property location is here, which is approximately a 9 minute car ride or 40 minute walk to the MBI (see map here).


Suggested Reading

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

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

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

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

Roux, S. et al. 2017. Benchmarking viromics: An in silico evaluation of metagenome-enabled estimates of viral community composition and diversity. PeerJ.  5:e3817.  LINK

Warwick-Dugdale, J et al.  2018. Long-read viral metagenomics enables capture of abundant and microdiverse viral populations and their niche0-defining genomic islands. bioRxiv.  LINK

Things to do in Columbus!
Columbus Nightlife