Museum genomics in practice

The purpose of this workshop is to share practitioners' knowledge in how we get next-gen sequencing data (wet lab) and process it (bioinformatics) from “non-model” species and samples of diverse types and quality, including museum and herbarium specimens.

The focus will be on high throughput and cost-effective phylogenomic, population genetic and (multilocus) barcoding applications and RNAseq, rather than full genome sequencing and assembly.

Possible outcomes include:

  • Sharing of protocols across museum and university labs for DNA manipulation and library preparation, possible via a community web site or social media site;
  • Sharing of experiences, solutions (and frustrations) in bioinformatics pipelines – cleaning, assembly, alignment or SNP calling, archiving etc.; and
  • Developing use cases and priority needs for further investment in pipelines and host computing infrastructure;
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with ALA to improve visualisation of results and connecting specimen to genomic data.


Please note that participation in this workshop is by invitation only. If you would like to be involved and have not received an invite, please contact us.