4th annual Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Boot Camp set for Oct. 23

The 4th annual Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Boot Camp will kick off the first in a series of computational boot camps with an introduction to the importance of proper experimental design, data analysis and interpretation of microbiome sequencing data. This one-day Zoom workshop will include fundamentals and concepts and feature hands-on introductory analysis of data using QIIME2, a comprehensive suite of command line-based tools for all stages of analyzing amplicon sequences from microbial communities.

The workshop is designed for researchers and clinicians who wish to incorporate microbiome samples and electronic medical records analysis into their research, and assumes little prior knowledge of microbiomes, computer coding or next-generation sequencing (command line experience is advantageous but not required).

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.

Instructors from the Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative will walk through common microbiome analysis tasks in QIIME2, providing participants with the confidence to take raw sequencing data through quality control and processing; to test fundamental biological or clinical hypotheses with available tools; and to critically interpret results. Upon completion of this boot camp, participants will understand the factors that go into designing a microbiome study and will have a better understanding of microbiome resources available both within and outside of Vanderbilt.

All academic and professional ranks are welcome to register spanning undergraduates to faculty. To register, send your name, title, school and department to Rob Markowitz,, to receive a pre-course survey and confirmation.

For more information, visit the Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative website.