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Next Generation Sequencing

11-17 March 2016

Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge

Deadline for applications: 29 October 2015

Course summary

Next-generation sequencing has become the premier tool in genetic and genomic analysis. This laboratory-based course is directed at scientists who will be generating and interpreting sequence information in their research and wish to gain a better understanding of the techniques involved and their applications. This course is not meant to replace the manufacturers’ training normally supplied with new instruments, nor is it intended to be a training course for those solely interested in next-generation sequencing bioinformatics.

The course will include theoretical and practical information on all of the next-generation sequencing systems available and those on the near horizon. The laboratory element will cover a mix of technologies that will be determined nearer the time, but will be chosen from platforms including, PacBio, Illumina Miseq/HiSeq and Oxford Nanopore MinION. One aim of the course is to allow participants to make informed decisions about which technology to apply to solve specific research questions they may face in the future. A variety of applications will be covered as time permits, e.g., RNA-Seq, target enrichment, bacterial sequencing, cancer genomics, human variation analysis, etc. All the basic techniques of post-sequencing analysis will be covered, QC, alignment, assembly, variant calling, etc.

Please note: For the data analysis components of the course, applicants will require a working knowledge of the Linux operating system. This can be obtained by various methods and will be enforced. This course is aimed at scientists who will benefit from and apply both the practical laboratory-based and computational training provided. Applicants interested solely in data analysis should consider our new Next Generation Sequencing Bioinformatics course.


Library Prep

• Making libraries from samples
• Both theory and practical sessions

• Overview: Motivation and fundamental concepts
• Detailed description of prominent sequencing technologies: current and future (3rd generation) platforms
• Hands-on laboratory work: preparing chips for sequencing and performing sequencing runs on various platforms

Data analysis
• Data QC: How to determine if a run has performed well
• Alignment to a reference, de-novo assembly, SNP and structural variant-calling of next generation DNA and RNA data
• IT and the data storage problem

Accompanying the lecture and practical sessions will be a series of seminars by invited speakers, who will highlight their ground-breaking work in applications of next generation sequencing.

Course instructors

Tony Cox (Head of Sequencing Informatics, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK)
Michael Quail (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK)

Guest speakers

Julian Parkhill (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK)
Elizabeth Murchison (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK)

Feedback from the 2015 course

“The quality and standard of this course was excellent in every aspect.”
“I would like to say that strongly recommend this course based on the quality, structure and working conditions offered; as well as the knowledge, availability and good mood coordinators and instructors.”
“Generally, the course was great. -Lecture discussions complemented the lab very well. -Lecturers/Instructors were very competent and accommodating.”

How to apply

Target audience and prerequisites
Applicants should be postdoctoral scientists, senior PhD students or junior faculty members actively engaged in or soon to commence research involving next generation sequencing instrumentation.

Linux experience
This course includes a substantial element of sequence data QC and analysis performed on Linux-based computers. To benefit fully from the course it is essential that successful applicants are comfortable working in a Linux-based environment prior to the course. In particular, applicants will be expected to use the command line terminal interface.

Applicants will need to be familiar with, and able to perform, the following:
creating, copying, moving and deleting text files and directories, modifying file and directory permissions, navigating directory structures, examining the contents of text files, executing programs from the command line using pipes and output redirection, compressing and decompressing files (using zip or gzip)

The course tuition fees are subsidised by The Wellcome Trust for researchers based in non-commercial institutions anywhere in the world. This is a residential course and there is a fee of £1020 towards board and lodging for non-commercial applicants. Commercial applicants should contact us for the commercial fee.

Limited bursaries are available for non-commercial applicants (up to 50 per cent of fee) and are subject to open competition. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please complete the bursary section of the online application form (see below for application process).

Application forms for this course can now be completed online. If you have any problems with the online application process, please email us.

Please note: Applications must be supported by a recommendation from a scientific sponsor. This can be your supervisor or head of department. A request for a supporting statement will be sent to your nominated sponsor automatically during the application process. Applicants must ensure that their sponsor provides this supporting statement by the application deadline.

Application deadline: 29 October 2015.

Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK T:+44 (0)20 7611 8888