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This one-day Zoom workshop will include an introduction to experimental fundamentals and concepts and feature hands-on introductory analysis using both QIIME2 and the easy-to-use, web-based MicrobiomeAnalyst. The workshop is designed for researchers and clinicians who wish to incorporate microbiome sampling into their research, and it assumes little prior knowledge of microbiomes, computer coding, or next generation sequencing (command-line experience is advantageous but not required). New and previous participants of the Microbiome Boot Camp are welcome to register and learn the web-based tools in this third workshop.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will understand the factors that go into designing a microbiome study. Hands-on tutorials will provide participants with the confidence to take raw sequencing data through command-line quality control and processing, to test fundamental biological or clinical hypotheses with easy-to-use, web-based tools, and to critically interpret results. Further, we hope participants will appreciate the ethical implications of microbiome research in humans and have a better understanding of VMI-related microbiome resources available both within and outside of Vanderbilt.

To register, please send your name, title, school, and department to Rob Markowitz to receive a pre-course survey, a link to installation videos, and a Zoom meeting link.

Registration deadline: May 3, 2020

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Microbiome Seminar Series brings in leading microbiome scientists from across the globe to share their trailblazing research discoveries. Click here to see the schedule. Meeting information is communicated through our listserv (to join, use the contact form on the right).

Microbiome Monthly Meeting assembles Vanderbilt investigators monthly to discuss ongoing research, grant proposals, and infrastructure needs. Please use the contact form on the right to join the listserv for these meetings.

Microbiome Office Hours are available for Vanderbilt students, staff, and faculty who would like consultation on microbiome experimental design or analytics. Please use the contact form on the right to request more information about meeting times. 2020-2021 information.

Microbiome Boot Camp is an annual workshop to train students and staff in microbiome analytics. To express interest and receive news, join the listserv by using the contact form on the right. Fall 2020 Workshop.

VANTAGE (Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics) is a core laboratory to help create new collaborative shared resources that accelerate discoveries in genome sciences and personalized medicine. For more information on microbiome sequencing and analysis, please see Microbiome Services.

BioVU is a biorepository of de-identified DNA samples extracted from blood samples during routine clinical testing. The goal is to provide Vanderbilt scientists a resource for studies of genotype-phenotype associations. One of the long term aims of the Microbiome Initiative is to link microbiome variation with genotype variation to enable comprehensive personalized medicine.

VμBiome Bank is in development and will be a new biorespository for Vanderbilt to store samples for microbiome work.

Microbiome Initiative Logo provides a set of downloadable wordmarks in black and white for members to acknowledge and recognize the Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative in presentations, letters, etc. Click the linked title to access the logos.

Diet, Body Composition, and Human Metabolism Core provides a resource for scientists who do not have access to personnel with expertise in state-of-the-science methodology for obtaining valid and reliable assessment, intervention, and analyses of dietary intakes, nutritional status, body composition, physical activity, and energy balance. The goal is to provide valid, reliable, appropriate and cost effective methods to investigators to facilitate human research and study designs. The Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative and the core are conducting a dietary intervention study of human gut and oral microbiomes.

Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) is a state-of-the-art small molecule omics shared resource center and collaborative analytical facility specializing in a range of mass spectrometry and confocal screening techniques and has experience measuring microbial metabolites. The CIT can measure the complex array of small molecule metabolites present within a fluid, cell, or tissue and can identify reproducible steady state and/or temporal changes associated with disease state or drug administration for context dependent analysis. Consequently, the results can reveal unique biochemical fingerprints of cellular processes specific to each sample. This can be exploited as a discovery-based approach for generating novel hypotheses or used for a better understanding of physiological processes mediated by genetic or environmental perturbations. If needed, new workflows can be established for method development, targeted biomolecule measurement acquisition, and/or metabolite validation.