Mining Bacterial & Archaeal Metagenomes

Genome sequencing is widely accessible these days, however there is still a wide gap between sequence and biological discovery. This U.S. DoE Joint Genome Institute workshop will help bridge that gap, by presenting tools through the Integrated Microbial Genomes & Microbiomes (IMG/M) user interface for gene discovery and comparative metagenomics, as well as strategies for deriving inferences from sequence data. Hands-on exercises will explore use case scenarios addressing gene discovery for bioremediation, bioenergy, and natural products (using IMG/ABC or “Atlas of Biosynthetic clusters”) applications. Specifically, attendees will learn how to (1) explore over 20,000 metagenome samples and >70,000 metagenome-derived scaffold bins using environmental- and other types of metadata (2) use comparative metagenomic- and visualization tools (3) compare functional annotations and interpret results.

Learn more about IMG/M’s capabilities by watching the introductory video:

Intro to the (IMG) system

Who Should Attend?

Benchtop or experimental (micro)biologists, budding computational biologists

What to bring?

Laptop with latest version of Fireforx or Chrome; MS Office

What are goals for attendees?

  • Browse, retrieve and download sequence data using environmental and other types of metadata
  • Use comparative (meta)genomic and visualization tools
  • Assess functional annotations and interpret results

How to Register

To register for the workshop you must use the registration PDF form. Credit cards will not be charged until the minimum participant requirement to hold the workshop is met.

Registration Form

Saturday, November 7, 2020

8:30 am – 3:30 pm


Hotel Palomar,
San Diego, CA


SIMB Member: $420
Non-Member: $600
Student: $240

SIMB Member: $470
Non-Member: $650
Student: $240


Natalia Ivanova
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Simon Roux
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Limit: 40 attendees