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Joint Research Seminar (11 Nov 2015)



Joint Research Seminar

Genomics Strategic Research Theme
Strategic Research Theme for Integrative Biology
Centre for Genomic Sciences

Big-data Integration and Analysis
for Microbial Community Researches


Dr Kang Ning

College of Life Science and Technology,
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

11 November 2015 (Wed)
4:30 – 6:00 pm

Seminar Room 2, G/F
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research

5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong


Microbial communities are ubiquitous on planet, and they have played important roles in biomedicine, environment remediation, bioenergy and other disciplines. As more than 99% of microbial community could not be isolated and cultivated, the metagenomic methods have been used to analyze microbial community as a whole. With the current fast accumulation of microbial community samples and related metagenomic sequencing data, data integration and analysis methods are urgently needed for in-depth analysis of large number of microbial communities of interest.

In this talk, I will first introduce the area of computational metagenomics and the important biological questions that people in this area aim to answer. I will then introduce some of our recent methods developed for efficient and accurate profiling of microbial communities’ structures and functions, and describe the applications of these methods. I will also briefly describe our recent works in microbial genomics and single-cell genomics analysis. The talk will end with the descriptions of several of our recent projects in progresses, for which we welcome collaborators for in-depth data analyses and interpretations.

About the Speaker:

Dr Ning is PI of Microbial Bioinformatics Group, Director of the Department of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, and Professor in College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China. He has more than 10 years of experiences in bioinformatics for omics data integration, microbial community analyses and single-cell analyses, he is also interested in biological big-data analysis and high-performance computation. He is the author of over 60 papers and reviews, has served as editors for several journals, and served as reviewers for several international funding agencies including UK’s BBSRC and NERC. He heads a laboratory with the combination of experimental biology and bioinformatics algorithm development, and has collaborations with biologists, doctors and statisticians in many countries.



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