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Notice on A Speech at the institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Title:A simple guide to sequencing and assembly of microbial genomes

Speaker:Dr. Tom Hsiang from School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Time:3:00 p.m. May 20

Venue: Meeting room IC404 , the institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS)

With advances in next generation sequencing, the cost of sequencing small eukaryotic genomes and bacterial genomes is easily possible now even by small research programs with very modest budgets. This presentation will look at the basics of genome sequencing and assembly, with a description of some of the terminology involved as well as some practical advice for those seeking to sequence their own microbial genomes. As well, some discussion will be made of possible research to make use of these large amounts of data.

Dr. Tom Hsiang (向培健) is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, specializing in plant diseases. Before arriving in Guelph, he worked on fungal diseases of flowers and trees in Washington State, U.S.A, where he obtained his Ph.D. (University of Washington) and conducted post-doctoral studies (Washington State University). He is originally from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Forest Biology/Pathology at the University of British Columbia. His current teaching and research involve fungal diseases of trees and grasses, particularly biology of fungal pathogens and disease management, as well as fungal comparative genomics and genome sequencing & assembly.