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UEA & Earlham Institute host Genome Technologies and Innovation Workshop

This exciting and inspiring event attracted over 80 delegates from across the East of England and was held at the Earlham Institute on the 31st October 2018. The agenda for the day is highlighted below:


09:50 - 10:10  Prof Colin Cooper, UEA
10:10 - 10:30  Rob Kingsley, QIB - ‘Phylogenomics of Salmonella pathovariants’
10:30 - 10:50  Justin O’Grady, QIB - 'Rapid metagenomic diagnosis of hospital acquired pneumonia'
10:50 - 11:00  David Thybert, EI – ‘A framework for the sequencing and assembly of rodent genome at the chromosome level’


11.10 – 11.30  Thorsten Langner, TSL - 'Genome Architecture of Fungal Plant Pathogens'
11:30 - 11:50  Jemima Brinton, JIC
11:50 - 12:10  Prof Anne-Marie Minihane, UEA - 'Human genotyping as a public health and clinical tool'
12:20 - 12:30  Darren Heavens, EI ‘Comparing library construction strategies to improve assembly of A. thaliana data when using nanopore technology’
12:30 - 13:40  Tour of EI Labs (30’)* / Innovation Station chats for PhD students (Wallace Room)*
*Optional session


13:40 - 14:00  Iain Macaulay, Earlham Institute - 'Single Cell Sequencing at the NRP: Decoding Living Systems One Cell at a Time'
14:00 - 14:20  Ofir Meir, Tropic Bioscience - ‘Harnessing Genome Editing Technology to Drive Innovation in Tropical Crops’
14:20 - 14:40  Alison Johnson/Megan Abigail, Food Forensics ‘Application of NGS in Food Authenticity’
14:40 - 14:50  Q&A
15:10 - 17:00  Planning and Next Actions (Darwin Room)* Case study, Announcement of ‘Pilot Grant Programme in Genomics Innovation’ winners, Introduction of ‘Industrial Challenge Seed Fund’, Group Discussion and Report
17:00 - 17:00  Close

A wide range of companies attended and these included: Astra Zeneca, Dovetail Genomics, Hethel Innovation, PacBio, Oxford Nanopore, Perkin Elmer, Qiagen, Tropic Bioscience, Thermo Fisher and TTP Labtech.

Thanks to:

Prof Laura Bowater

Academic Director of Innovation, UEA

For co-organising the event and approaching EI with the idea of a cross-NRP Genome Technologies & Innovation workshop

Dr Karen Smith

Relationship Manager Medical & Life Sciences & EIRA Team Manager, UEA

For co-organising the event and securing funding of the event through UEA Research England Industrial Strategy seedcorn funds

Dr Karim Gharbi

Head of Genomics Pipelines, Earlham Institute

For co-organising and hosting the event

Dr Emily Angiolini

Head of Training, Earlham Institute

For co-organising the event and logistics support from the training team

For further information about UEA genome technologies please contact Dr Karen Smith at