Pre-meeting Workshop

Next Generation Sequencing

Next Generation Sequencing Workshop2018-10-23T14:49:18+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 – 1:45: Introduction to Next generation Sequencing – Zachery Geurin
1:45 – 2:30: Introduction to Phylogenetics – Julie Haendiges
2:30 – 3:00: BREAK
3:00 – 3:30: Introduction to GenomeTrakr and NCBI Pathogen Detection Website – Maria Hoffmann
3:30 – 5:00: Virtual Tools for Data Analysis – Julie Haendiges and Zachery Geurin (Pathogen Detection Website, Galaxy, Barcoding and Species ID, Metagenomics Examples)

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.

Zachery Geurin – NSF International

Microbiologist II

Zachery Geurin has five years of microbiology experience, currently focusing on genomics projects at NSF International. He has participated in many research projects encompassing next-generation sequencing, environmental monitoring, microbial biofilms, molecular biology, food safety and consumer products testing, among other areas. Mr. Geurin has contributed to NSF protocol and method development efforts and provides the laboratory additional computer programming and bioinformatics support. Well-versed in interpreting genomic datasets, Mr. Geurin has presented tutorials and workshops on whole genome sequencing, most recently at the University of Alberta and the International Association of Food Protection. He holds a B.S. in microbiology from Michigan State University.

Julie Haendiges – NSF International

Research Microbiologist

Julie Haendiges is a Research Microbiologist from NSF International currently working with the US Food and Drug Administration, focusing on persistence of Salmonella and E. coli in different food sources with a focus on low water activity foods. She has more than a decade of microbiological research experience, including research at the Maryland Department of Health Public Health Lab and a biotech startup lab. She has participated in many research projects including whole genome sequencing of bacterial pathogens and viral disease pathogens. Ms. Haendiges joined NSF with a BS in biology and chemistry from Towson University, and also earned an MPS in biotechnology from UMBC.

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.