Whole Genome Sequencing for Laboratorians and Epidemiologists Live Learning Series


12/4/2018 – 12/2/2018

Tuesday, 12/4

  • WGS workflow


Tuesday, 12/11

  • BioNumerics basics


Tuesday, 12/18

  •  Case studies




Primary Competency

Communication Skills

Whole Genome Sequencing for Laboratorians and Epidemiologists Live Learning Series

December 4, 11 & 18 | 12:00-1:00PM MT (2:00-3:00PM ET)

Developed by the Colorado and New York Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence


The Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for Laboratorians and Epidemiologists Live Learning Series (LLS) is targeted towards laboratorian-epidemiologist teams from the New York and Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (CoE) regions and will focus on WGS workflow, basics on BioNumerics resources and use of case studies to illustrate pathogen thresholds, cluster identification and resource prioritization. This series was developed to complement the 2017-18 CoE-developed Applied WGS LLS, which introduced epidemiologists to the interpretation of WGS data. Participants who attended the Applied WGS LLS are encouraged to enroll for this more advanced series.   

Each one-hour session will consist of a presentation by a subject-matter expert followed by a participant-led discussion or exercise. Following each session, an optional 30-minute “café chat” will be held for further discussion and Q&A. 

Learning Objectives

Course Goal

Provide laboratorians and epidemiologists with fundamental skills for interpreting and communicating WGS results.


Course Outcomes

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate cluster information to their laboratorian or epidemiologist counterpart(s)
  • Understand why different analytic tools produce different results
  • Determine pathogen-specific SNP/allele cutoffs
  • Begin using the NCBI Pathogen Detection Browser for cluster identification 
Length of Learning Opportunity
Three 1-hour sessions, each followed by a 30-minute optional "cafe chat"
Registration Information

At least one laboratorian and one epidemiologist per agency/state are required for registration. Spaces are limited. Laboratorian and epidemiologist pairs are encouraged to join each session together on the same screen (webcam and microphone required).

Once the training is full, individuals will be added to a waitlist. Waitlisted individuals will be notified by email if spaces become available.

Supplemental Materials/Links



To learn more about the CoEs, visit https://coefoodsafetytools.org/

Technical Requirements
Computer with webcam and microphone

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