Join us for a talk on "The Social Network of Microbiomes” with Dr. Giri Narasimhan, a professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University where he heads the Bioinformatics Research Group (BioRG).
Microbial communities or Microbiomes are ubiquitous and diverse, and are typically studied using next generation sequencing technologies. Microbiomes display a complex set of beneficial and harmful interactions within the community and also with their environment, not unlike the characteristics of a human “social network.” More importantly, while our genomes are essentially static during our lifetimes, our microbiomes are constantly changing. This talk will discuss how to advance the state-of-the-art in microbiome analysis by focusing on the study of interactions within the community. He will also discuss the implementation of efficient software pipelines through plugins, the role of high-performance computing in microbiome analysis, and validation of some of the interactions in the laboratory.
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