Comparative Microbial Genomics Workshop - Thailand

one-week workshop, March 7 - 11, 2005, held in Thailand
Course Programme

Organized by
The Center for Biological Analysis, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Thailand

Course organizers: Dave W. UsseryTim T. Binnewies, and Supapon Cheevadhanarak

Financial support
With a strong support from the Commission on Higher Education, Ministry of Education, scholarships will be provided to all the eligible participants working in the related fields of Comparative Microbial Genomics. The scholarships will not cover the accommodation and traveling expenses.

Due to the massive availability of sequences of genomes of microbes and other organisms, comparative genomics has gained recognition as a powerful tool for deciphering biological processes both through sequence comparisons and comparative regulation. It helps us understand the genetic basis of diversity and evolutions in organisms, leading to the insight understanding into how living things evolved through stressed environments to the pathogenesis of pathogens, including identification novel drug targets and development of novel drug candidates. Moreover, it presents promising opportunities to identify new genes that are difficult to elucidate by classic experimental methods, thereby offering potential genetic resources for basic research and also for medical and biotechnological uses. The workshop is designed to enable participants to use comparative genomic tools through lectures and hands-on practical to extract biological meanings and discover novel genes from the vast amount of genomic data and solving problems of their research interest. The workshop will also serve as a platform for participants to establish multidisciplinary collaborations in comparative genomics research among various groups of scientists and researchers at national and international level.

Who should attend
Aim of the workshop is to bring participants from different backgrounds and research interests to work together in cooperation. Thus, the workshop is suitable for all students and researchers in medical science, biological science, computer science, bioinformatics, biotechnology and related fields. The participants should have a basic knowledge in molecular biology and some background in statistics. Those who are from the computer science related will be introduced to basic molecular biology to be able to perform the hands-on exercise. Participants will have the opportunity to work in groups consist of colleagues from different disciplines. Moreover, participants will be able to take the workshop as a forum to share and exchange their experiences and also to discuss and identify practical problems and solutions with the experts in the field of comparative microbial genomics and bioinformatics.

Please return the applications (Form I) enclosed together with a CV, and a description stating your major research interest and reasons for attending the workshop (Form II) no later than 31 January, 2005 to the address indicated below (using the form provided). Notification of the acceptance will be given at the end of February.

The number of participants is restricted to 40 persons. Limited number of participants will allow the opportunity for the participants to access to all the facility and to work closely with the experts, or to work on their own data (if any). Upon acceptance, all participants will receive further information about the workshop as well as some course material.

Registration contact address
Ms. Krittika Chinpan
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
113 Paholyothin Rd., Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand.
Tel: 66 2564 6700 ext 3146
Fax: 66 2564 6701

The course will consist of lectures and computer exercises, where the students will be introduced to a range of computational methods used in the field.
Lectures and exercises will take place in Pathumthani, Thailand, at Thailand Science Park, BIOTEC Building Room no. 127

Exercises: Will be performed in groups of two and supervised by one or more instructors.

Lecture notes: As far as possible, we will put up the lecture notes on the course programme web-page linked to the lecture itself. Lecture notes will be in PDF format and will in many cases be preliminary, ie. the lecturer will provide the final notes after the talk and these will then replace the preliminary notes.

Technical contact address
Ms. Wannipha Viveko
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
113 Paholyothin Rd., Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand.
Tel : 66 2564 6700 ext 3439
Fax : 66 2564 6704