From One Genome to Many: How Cheap Sequencing is Changing Genomics
Saturday, February 12, 2011
A part of the PICASso seminar series.
Speaker: Mihai Pop, Computer Science, University of Maryland
The development of DNA sequencing technologies in the late 70s has provided scientists with the ability to decode the DNA sequence first of just individual genes, then of entire organisms. In recent years technological advances have resulted in dramatic reductions in the cost of sequencing, coupled with a substantial increase in the throughput of a single instrument. These advances have made it possible for scientists to shift their focus from the analysis of single organisms to entire populations.
In this talk, Prof. Pop will outline several research areas made possible by the new "sequencing revolution" and will describe associated computational challenges. In particular, the talk will focus on recent research in Pop's lab on algorithms for analyzing new generation sequencing data, and on the analysis of microbial communities (metagenomics).
Seminars begin at 12:30 PM; lunch will be provided 12:20.