NDPIA member Valerie Diane Valeriano, postdoc at the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS)/Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University, participated in the EMBO Practical Course “Microbial Metagenomics: A 360° Approach” at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre, Heidelberg, Germany April 23, 2018 – May 1, 2018.
The intensive 8-day course included both wet lab and computer training and various research perspectives in approaching metagenomics in systems ranging from molecular medicine to ecological studies were combined.
Valerie: “As a researcher involved in the study of antimicrobial gene transmission, the knowledge and awareness of this from a systemic point of view allows a multitude of avenues via which we can prevent the spread of dangerous multidrug resistant pathogens in the environment and also in a food, agricultural and medical context. I can really recommend this course to others as the invited speakers and facilitators came from various backgrounds, greatly widening the understanding and application of metagenomics approaches. Learning more about how to handle huge amounts of data and how to use currently available tools has a great potential to accelerate research objectives.”
NDPIA provide co-funding for members to participating in EMBO/EMBL courses.