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Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group

VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the B.C. Lower Mainland who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics.

VanBUG meets on the second Thursday third Wednesday of every month from September through April. Research presentations by bioinformatics leaders, students and industry representatives are followed by networking over pizza and refreshments

Meetings are held in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre, BC Cancer Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue at 6:00 pm currently online, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and are free and open to all.

As a service to the community, other bioinformatics events are posted to the Calendar
Visit our sister groups for bioinformatics events in Montreal (MonBUG) and now Toronto (TorBUG)!

next speakers:

Cara Haney

Talk Title: Functional genomics in plant-microbiome interactions

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 @ 11:00am ~ 12:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Virtually on Zoom at:

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UBC

Dr. Cara Haney is an assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in plant-microbiome interactions in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining the UBC faculty in 2016, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. Her lab uses high throughput screening combined with genetic and comparative genomic approaches to identify the genetic basis of beneficial traits in plant-microbiome interactions. Her work focuses on elucidating basic mechanisms in host-microbiome interactions, and in finding sustainable solutions for agronomically important challenges.

Plant root-associated microbial communities (the rhizosphere microbiome) influence plant growth and defense. Closely-related bacteria can have dramatically different effects on plant growth and range from pathogenic to mutualistic. Using Pseudomonas fluorescens and related species and the model plant Arabidopsis as a tractable rhizosphere microbiome model, we are using comparative genomics and genome-wide screening to identify the genomic basis of lifestyle transitions between closely-related P. fluorescens strains. I will discuss our use of comparative genomics, TnSeq, and low-cost genome sequencing to elucidate the genomic basis of host-association in bacteria.

Introductory Speaker:
Jimmy Liu (UBC/BC CDC, William Hsiao lab)

Talk Title:
High resolution characterization of global Salmonella​ subpopulations


To view previous VanBUG posters and presentations, please see Archives

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