From FASTA file to microbiome profile: making sense of marker data

You’ve successfully turned your clinical or environmental DNA sample into a plethora of sequence information and you’re starting to analyze it with starry-eyed optimism. Or perhaps, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to start. Not to worry, help is on the way!

On Friday October 19th Michael Lynch will present an overview of how to turn your FASTA file into a meaningful and informative microbiome profile. Find out how to turn your spaghetti factory of sequence into beautiful and meaningful figures. An outline is available here. Michael is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo working to develop bioinformatics tools for microbial ecology research.

For those of you who would like a more detailed and technical look at the data analysis process there will be a tutorial specifically on the use of AXIOME and QIIME. If you would like to attend this second tutorial please RSVP with  We’d like to make this as interactive as possible so please send us your specific questions and/or requests prior to the tutorial by email or by commenting on this post.

Join us on Friday October 19th for a seminar at 10 am in MDCL 3022, light refreshments will be provided by the IIDR, and a tutorial at 2pm in the same room.


About Jennifer Stearns

Farncombe Family Chair in Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics and Assistant Professor at McMaster University
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