2017 IOB Symposium


2017 UGA Institute of Bioinformatics Symposium: Parsing the Microbiome


Georgia Center for Continuing Education
September 25th | 2017

The 2017 Institute of Bioinformatics bi-annual symposium focuses on the microbiome, a collective term for the multitude of microbial communities that form critical components of biological systems important in human health, agriculture, and the environment. Microbiome research frequently involves complex datasets, with a wide variety of organisms interacting at different spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales. Parsing the Microbiome will feature several prominent experts who are developing or applying bioinformatics tools to understand these data and condense them into interpretable results. This one-day symposium will be useful to students, postdocs, and faculty interested in microbiome research and the current leading methods in this field.


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The workshop on 9/26/2017 is sold out.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Getz at iobadmin@uga.edu



Keynote Speakers

Daniel Beiting

University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine,   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Beiting is an immunologist using -omics approaches to interrogate the host-pathogen interface. He is the co-developer of MicrobiomeDB (http://microbiomeDB.org ), a new database for interrogating microbiome data based on associated sample metadata.

Title:   MicrobiomeDB: a systems biology platform for integrating, mining and analyzing microbiome experiments

Daniel Jacobson

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Dr. Jacobson develops new mathematical, statistical, and computation methods to gain new insight into complex biological systems. His work focuses on bioenergy sciences and plant-microbe interfaces and utilizes high-scale computing with network analysis, linear algebra, Bayesian statistics, and systems analytics to parse a range of –omics datasets (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, microbiomics, etc.).

Title:  Adventures in Systems Biology for Plants and Humans

Gipsi Lima Mendez

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Leuven, Belgium

Dr. Lima Mendez led the bioinformatic analysis of microbial interactions in the Tara Oceans Expedition metagenome, and has worked on human gut microbiomes and the development of bioinformatic tools for viral communities.

Title:  The Ocean Microbial-Environmental Interactome

Katherine Pollard

Gladstone Institutes, University of California San Francisco

Dr. Pollard develops statistical and computational methods for massive genomic dataset analysis, focusing on questions of genome evolution in organisms ranging from microbes to humans.

Title:  Meta-genotyping reveals cryptic variation in the human microbiome

Peter D. Karp

Director of the Bioinformatics Research Group within the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International

Dr. Karp has authored 160 publications in bioinformatics and computer science in areas including metabolic pathway bioinformatics, computational genomics, scientific visualization, and scientific databases.

Title:  Metabolic Modeling of the Microbiome

This event is kindly sponsored, in part, by

Gold Sponsors


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Silver Sponsors

Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Department of Genetics, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Marine Sciences, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Microbiology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, Deans Office

Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost



Bronze Sponsors

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences


Thank you for your Support!


We are actively looking for additional sponsors. If you are interested in co-sponsoring this event, please contact Arthur Edison by email: aedison@uga.edu.