Environmental Genomics and Metabolomics course 2018
4-9 March 2018 (Sunday - Friday)
University of Birmingham
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A NERC-funded short course to guide genomics and metabolomics research applied to environmental science
This five-day course highlighted a multi-omics (systems biology) approach to research in the environmental scientists, investigating how gene function and metabolism are influenced by environmental conditions while accounting for natural variation within and among natural populations. The course was built on the paradigm that this multidisciplinary research field encompassing ecology, evolution, toxicology, biostatistics and informatics will most effectively grow by training early career scientists to:
- design large-scale next generation sequencing and metabolomics experiments
- address the challenges of manipulating and analysing population-level omics data.
Daphnia was used for training because of its growing use as a model system in the environmental sciences and for improving environmental health protection, yet the skills learned during the course will have been applicable to all study systems with mature genomics and metabolomics resources.
The course provided a significant introduction, considerable hands-on experience and networking opportunities. Participants can initiate their own environmental omics studies and launch careers in academia and industry. The course was designed to train PhD students and early-career post-doctoral scientists.
This course was free, including travel and accommodation, for PhD students and selected post-doctoral researchers funded by NERC.