Advanced Sequencing Technologies & Bioinformatics Analysis
November 10 - 23, 2024

Key Dates
Application Deadline:  August 15, 2024
Arrival: November 10th by 6pm EST
Departure: November 23rd around 12pm 
Coursework will Begin: November 11th

CSHL Courses are intensive, running all day and often including evenings and weekends; students are expected to attend all sessions and reside on campus for the duration of the course.

Felicia Gomez, Washington University School of Medicine
Obi Griffith, Washington University School of Medicine
Malachi Griffith, Washington University School of Medicine
Elaine Mardis, Nationwide Children's Hospital Research Institute  
W. Richard McCombie, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Christopher Miller, Washington University in St Louis
Jonathan Preall, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory



See the roll of honor - who's taken the course in the past

Over the last decade, massively parallel DNA sequencing has markedly impacted the practice of modern biology and is being utilized in the practice of medicine. The constant improvement of these platforms means that costs and data generation timelines have been reduced by orders of magnitude, facilitating investigators to conceptualize and perform sequencing-based projects that heretofore were time-, cost-, and sample number-prohibitive. Furthermore, the application of these technologies to answer questions previously not experimentally approachable is broadening their impact and application. However, data analysis remains a complex and often vexing challenge, especially as data volumes increase.

This intensive two week course will explore use and applications of massively parallel sequencing technologies, with a focus on data analysis and bioinformatics. Students will be instructed in the detailed operation of several short- and long-read platforms, including library construction procedures, general data processing, and in-depth data analysis. A diverse range of the types of biological questions enabled by massively parallel sequencing technologies will be explored such as variant calling, transcriptome analysis, single cell analysis, metagenomics, epigenomics and others that are tailored to the student's research areas of interest.

Cloud-based computing will also be explored. Guest lecturers will highlight unique applications of these disruptive technologies.

We encourage applicants from a diversity of scientific backgrounds including molecular evolution, development, neuroscience, medicine, cancer, plant biology and microbiology.

Prior Year Speakers

Tracy Bedrosian, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Wes Goar, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Scott Handley, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Peter Koo, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Yang Li, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO
Zachary Lippman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Christopher Maher, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO
John McPherson, UC Davis, Sacramento,
Jessica Mozersky, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO
Adam Phillippy, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Trevor Pugh, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
Aaron Quinlan, University of Utah, Salt Lake City,
Michael Schatz, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore,
Benjamin Sunkel, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus,
Sanja Vickovic, Columbia University, New York, NY

Support & Stipends:

Major support provided by: National Human Genome Research Institute.

Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows:


Please indicate your eligibility for funding in your stipend request submitted when you apply to the course. Stipend requests do not affect selection decisions made by the instructors.

Cost (including board and lodging): $4,385 USD

No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course. 

Before applying, ensure you have (all due August 15):
  1. Personal statement/essay;
  2. Letter(s) of recommendation;
  3. Curriculum vitae/resume (optional);
  4. Financial aid request (optional).
    More details.

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