B4 Genomics Workshop
Workshop on Genomic Applications in Healthcare & Translational Research
December 10-23, 2017
Bengaluru: From over 220 applications, 25 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from across India were selected to participate in residential two-week hands on workshop in ‘Genomics in Healthcare and Translational Research’ from December 10-23, 2017. This workshop was under the aegis of the B4 (Boston Bangalore Biosciences Beginnings) Program, funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and supported by the IT/BT Department, Government of Karnataka.
The aim of the Genomics workshop was to “introduce talented Indian students to the emerging area of genomics and enable them to explore the power and excitement of Next Generation Sequencing technologies to address clinically relevant research questions,” said Professor M. Vijayalakshmi, IBAB, who was instrumental in developing the curriculum for the workshop.
Genomics and Next-generation Sequencing technologies have influenced scientific research and medicine significantly, which has made a striking impact on healthcare and translational medicine over the last decade. The capability to sequence DNA at higher speeds with precision and resolution unravels several dimensions of the complex genome and enhances the applicability of genomic information in personalized medicine.
Distinguished faculty and postdoctoral fellows from institutions such as Boston University, Harvard, Broad Institute, Boston, ACTREC (Mumbai), IGIB (Delhi), CCMB (Hyderabad), IISC and NCBS (Bangalore) trained the participants on both the experimental aspects of genomic sequencing & computational analysis of sequencing data through didactic research lectures and hands-on sessions. The workshop concluded on December 23 with a panel discussion on ‘Genomics – Trends and Opportunities’.
Following the workshop was the valedictory event of the first phase of B4. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. VijayRaghavan (Secretary, DBT) who highlighted the current and future study and practice of Bio Sciences in India. He emphasized the need to build a science-based ecosystem that is sensitive to the nation’s needs.
Dr. VijayRaghavan’s talk was followed by a panel moderated by Prof. Venkatesh Murthy, Chair of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Boston and lead faculty of the B4 Program. The discussion focused on the impact of the program in India. Panelists included Aditya Murthy, Faculty from IISC, and three B4 fellows, Parvathi Sreekumar, Ramya Purkanti, and Gayatri Ramakrishnan, who have recently returned from a year at Harvard.
The closing vote of thanks was delivered by Prof. N. Yathindra, Director, IBAB, who spoke of the value of the B4 Program for the young Indian scientists and the bridge created between academic institutions in the US and India. He also emphasized the value of translation of knowledge from academia to practice.
(Originally published on News Karnataka on December 26, 2017)
The workshop was sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology
Electronics City Phase I
Bengaluru 560 100
Tel: 080-285 289 00, 080-285 289 01, 080-285 289 02
Accommodation is provided and there are no fees for the selected candidates.
- Cancer genomics and translational medicine
- Population genomics
- Infectious and rare disease genomics
- Nutri genomics
- Genomics of non-coding RNA
Cynthia C. Morton (Harvard Medical School),
Marc Lenburg (Boston University),
Maha Farhat (Harvard Medical School),
J Carrot Zhang (Broad Institute),
MRS Rao (JNCASR),
Rakesh Mishra (CCMB),
K Thangaraj (CCMB),
Amit Dutt (ACTREC-Mumbai),
Vinod Scaria (IGIB-New Delhi),
P Dasaradhi (InStem, Bangalore),
Aswin S Seshasayee (NCBS, Bangalore), Subha S (IBAB),
Vibha C (IBAB), Vijayalakshmi M (IBAB).
Contact Savitha G. Ananth, Program Coordinator