Pre-meeting Workshop

Next Generation Sequencing

Next Generation Sequencing Workshop 2018-05-09T14:02:52+00:00


Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has taken the Front Stage as a tool to understand the environment around us. It is being used globally to track outbreak strains of bacteria, monitor microbial communities and understand changes in populations of organisms based on temporal and forced stimuli. NGS is more complex than past methodologies (such as PFGE) and has more components that need to be understood. What IS NGS? What is the science behind the technology? What do the data mean? This workshop seeks to shed light on NGS so that the student will have a more holistic view of the applications of NGS. We will provide sessions on technology, data analysis and data interpretation that are commonly used by industry and the FDA. Finally, we will also learn about some available open source tools for data analysis that may be implemented upon return from the workshop.

Who should attend?

QA/QC Managers, Research Scientists, Plant Managers, Developers of Food Safety Products, Risk Managers

Expected outcomes

The student will gain an understanding of what NGS is and some applications for use in their supply chain that will help mitigate risk of foodborne illness.


1:00 – 2:15: Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing Techniques – Jesse Miller, NSF International
2:15 – 3:00: Introduction to Phylogenetics – Ruth Timme. FDA-CFSAN
3:00 – 3:30: BREAK
3:30 – 4:15: Introduction to GenomeTrakr and NCBI Pathogen Detection Website – Maria Hoffmann and Ruth Timme, FDA-CFSAN
4:15 – 5:00: Virtual Tools for Data Analysis – Maria Hoffmann, FDA-CFSAN

How to Register

You can register for the workshop with your RAMC Meeting registration (online or registration form). For more info, go to the RAMC registration page.

If you wish to attend the workshop only (and not the RAMC Annual Meeting), you may register online and select “Workshop Attendee Only” as your registration fee. Or, you may fill out the RAMC Meeting registration form.


1:00 – 5:00 pm


Wyndham Grand Hotel
Clearwater Beach, FL


Dr. Maria Hoffmann – FDA-CFSAN

Genomics Research Microbiologist

Dr. Maria Hoffmann is a Genomics Research Microbiologist with extraordinary expertise in the field of public health microbiology, foodborne infectious diseases and the evolution and genetics of human foodborne pathogens. Her focus is to develop and apply microbiological and molecular genetic strategies for detecting, identifying, and differentiating bacterial foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Vibrio, and Escherichia coli.

Dr. Jesse Miller – NSF International

Director of Applied Research and NSF Authentechnologies

Dr. Maria Hoffmann is the Director of Applied Research and NSF Authentechnologies at NSF International. His research foci lie in the areas of Next Generation Sequencing and Food Safety. He has deep expertise in Food Safety Diagnostics Development as well as application of Molecular Methods for Pathogen Detection. His focus is to leverage emerging technologies to develop methods and strategies to combat foodborne illness in our global food supply.

Dr. Ruth Timme – FDA-CFSAN

Research Microbiologist

Ruth Timme is a Research Microbiologist at the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Science. Her research background is focused mainly on utilizing comparative genomics and phylogenetics methods to answer evolutionary questions. Although her training is in botany, her published research spans a diversity of organisms, including sunflowers (Helianthus), Dinoflagellates, Charophyte green algae, and Salmonella. At the FDA she is implementing phylogenomic methods for tracking foodborne pathogens through the US food supply

Limit: 30 attendees


Early Registration
SIMB Member: $425
Non-member: $560
Student: $200

Regular and Onsite Registration
SIMB Member: $475
Non-Member: $610
Student: $200

Includes workshop materials and refreshments.