Course at EMBL-EBI

Metagenomics bioinformatics at MGnify


Learn about the tools, processes, and analysis approaches used by MGnify in the field of genome-resolved metagenomics.

This course will cover the use of publicly available resources to manage, share, analyse, and interpret metagenomics data, focussing primarily on the assembly-based approaches used in MGnify analysis.

The delivered content will involve participants learning via live lectures and presentations, followed by live Q&As with the trainers. Practical experience will be developed in group activities and in computational exercises run using containerised tools on our training infrastructure.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at life scientists who are working in, or transitioning into the field of metagenomics and are currently in the early stages of data analysis. Participants should have some prior experience of using bioinformatics in their research.

The practical sessions in the course require a basic understanding of the Unix command line. If you are not already familiar with this then you must complete this free tutorial before you attend the course:

What will I learn?

Learning outcomes

After the course you should be able to:

  • Conduct appropriate quality control and decontamination of metagenomic data and run simple assembly pipelines on short-read data
  • Utilise public datasets and resources such as MGnify to identify relevant data for analysis
  • Apply relevant tools in the analysis of metagenomic data
  • Submit metagenomic data to online repositories for sharing and future analysis
  • Apply knowledge in downstream functional and taxonomic analysis

Course content

During this course you will learn about: 


Germana Baldi
Vladimir Benes
EMBL Heidelberg
Jethro Johnson
Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology
Varsha Kale
John Lees
Avery Robinson
The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology - University of Oxford
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09 - 13 October 2023
European Bioinformatics Institute
United Kingdom
£750.00 (inclusive of four nights accommodation and catering, including dinner)
Meredith Willmott


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