Bioinformatics Workshop

Short Course and WORKSHOP AT 2017 Conference of research workers in animal diseases (CRWAD):

Workshop Description:

The Microbial Ecology Group at Colorado State University is pleased to announce an upcoming Short Course and Workshop: “Bioinformatics and Statistics for Shotgun Metagenomic Research.”  This event is designed to provide participants with the basic background and tools needed to analyze the microbiome and resistome data obtained from shotgun metagenomic sequencing.  This event is being held in conjunction with the 98th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) and is Co-Sponsored by the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (AVEPM).

Day 1  (9am-5pm) will focus on bioinformatics workflows needed to analyze both the microbiome and resistome information obtained from shotgun sequence datasets through alignment to existing databases. Topics covered will include: background on high-throughput sequencing, use of the command line on computer servers, cloud computing, how to run a bioinformatics pipeline, and general interpretation of output data files. Specific tools used will include Kraken (k-mer based alignment) for microbiome analysis and AmrPlusPlus analysis pipeline for resistome analysis.

Day 2 (9am-12pm) will focus on the statistical procedures to analyze the data produced from the bioinformatics analyses. Topics covered will include: general descriptive statistics, interpretation/manipulation of count matrices, and multinomial statistical analyses.

This workshop is designed to include hands-on training for each individual participant using provided example datasets. Plan to bring a laptop computer in order to participate.


Workshop activities will be held at the Chicago Marriott, Downtown Magnificent Mile, in Chicago, Illinois, which is the Conference Headquarters for the 98th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD).


Workshop Day 1 – December 2nd, 2017: 9AM-5PM

Workshop Day 2 – December 3rd, 2017: 9AM-1PM

AVEPM Calvin Schwabe Symposium – December 3rd, 12:30-5:00PM

CRWAD 2017 Annual Meeting – December 3rd-5th                

Presented by:

Presenters and Organizers: Dr. Zaid Abdo, Chris Dean, Enrique Doster, Steven Lakin, Dr. Paul MorleyDr. Noelle Noyesand  Maggie Weinroth

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University

Additional Details:

More Information on workshop registration, agenda, and other details to be updated soon at: can also contact Dr. Paul Morley for additional details (

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