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Feb092013

IGB-BGI Workshop

I've recently returned from a workshop in Shenzhen, China hosted by the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI). I traveled with a group of seventeen postdocs and faculty members (and one other graduate student) from the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The trip was extremely long, but it was very interesting to see all of the research that goes on at BGI. The amount of sequencing capacity that they have is incredible, and their engineering and programming resources are amazing. The visions they have for advancing research and technology are certainly far-reaching. I especially enjoyed talking with some of their microbiome specialists.

I should also mention that the group from the University of Illinois was fantastic. Everyone was enthusiastic both about the workshop and about exploring our surroundings. I learned quite a bit from our discussion sessions after the BGI presentations and look forward to more discussions in the future.

The Institute for Genomic Biology has posted a brief summary of some of our activities at BGI:

http://www.igb.illinois.edu/news/first-bgi-igb-workshop-takes-place-shenzen-china

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