The next generation: Workshop participants learning about analysing sequencing data.
THE Perdana University Centre for Bioinformatics in collaboration with Trans Eurasia Information Network Cooperation Centre (TEINCC) recently organised a workshop on Next-Generation Sequencing Application at the university’s Serdang campus.
The three-day workshop, sponsored by TEINCC under its Trans-Eurasia Information Network Generation Four (TEIN4) project and supported by the Malaysian Research and Education Network (Myren), aimed at enhancing exchange and cooperation among research and education communities in Asia and between Asia and Europe.
Thirty participants were shortlisted from 80 registrants and they came from TEIN4 member countries such as Malaysia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
The workshop was facilitated by Institut Pasteur, France research engineer Dr Fredj Tekaia, and Institute of Statistics, Indonesia and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden Department of Statistics Computation lecturer Dr Setia Pramana.
“Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has become a commodity and will be in reach of more traditional biologists with the commercialisation of various affordable desktop sequencers,” explained Dr Asif Khan who heads the Perdana University Bioinformatics Centre.
The workshop was designed for wet-lab biologists, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists who are embarking upon research projects that will require the analysis of NGS data.
“It is uncommon to come across a workshop such as this and I am happy to be able to participate in it and acquire information on the new advances in the area of NGS,” said participant Frilasita Aisyah Yudhaputri from the Eijkman Institute of Molecular Biology, Jakarta.
Another participant, microbiologist Andrew D. Montecillo, from the Philippines, said that more governments are investing in research and developments in this field and that, sooner rather than later, NGS would be a major tool used in DNA analysis.
NGS is part of a larger interdisciplinary field known as bioinformatics. There is a high demand for bioinformaticians worldwide, unmet due to a shortage of qualified and trained bioinformaticians.