ISMB 2018: BioinfoCoreWorkshop

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Workshop Overview

The bioinfo-core workshop is scheduled for Saturday, July 7, 2018, from 2:00-4:00 pm.

The workshop will explore three topics relevant to bioinformatics core facilities. Members of core facilities will share their experience and insights in lightning talks to introduce the topics and some of the issues followed by topical small group discussions to deepen and expand upon the topics.


  • Madelaine Gogol, Stowers Institute, United States
  • Hemant Kelkar, University of North Carolina, United States
  • Alastair Kerr, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Brent Richter, Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals, United States
  • Alberto Riva, University of Florida, United States

Part A: Strategies for Hiring, Recruiting, and Interviewing new bioinformaticians

  • finding and hiring people
  • interview techniques and questions
  • best practices for recruiting candidates

Part B: Containerization, Clouds, and Workflows

  • cloud infrastructure limitations and recommendations
  • Key datasets in Clouds
  • containerization
  • workflow development and results of a favorite-tool survey

Part C: When good experiments go bad: Negotiating experiment quality failures

  • detecting failure
  • guidelines for terminating bad projects

Part D: Small group discussion

During this session, audience members will divide into groups based on their own interests. Groups will discuss the areas introduced (or other issues, concerns and ideas), then come up with their main take away points and bring them back to share with the larger group. Topics may include:

  • interviewing / hiring / etc.
  • containers, clouds, workflows
  • experiment failure / quality control
  • single cell analysis
  • nanopore