Education - IGS Microbiome Analysis Workshop

IGS Microbiome Analysis Workshop

This workshop will provide attendees with in-depth training on analysis of bacterial community sequence data, both whole metagenome shotgun and 16S. Tools for community and functional profiling will be explored. The workshop is hands-on with attendees performing analyses and looking at results.

Included topics

  • Introduction to Linux (Optional)
  • Introduction & Metadata coordination
  • Sampling considerations
  • Sequencing of metagenomics samples
  • 16S analysis and hands on exercises using R Studio and dada2
  • Cloud computing using AWS
  • Whole metagenome sequence analysis and hands on exercise using MetaPhlAn2 & HUMAnN2 via Docker
  • Metatranscriptomics

(order of topics may be subject to change)

Registration Info

The registration fee for this workshop is $550 for general rate, $350 for student rate. This includes breakfast and lunch for the three full days of the workshop.

Postponed to Nov. 10-13, 2020


Location and Times

The course will be held on the University of Maryland Baltimore campus in the Health Sciences Facility, Building 3, at 670 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201 [Google map].

Check-in for the workshop will be from 12:30PM-1:00PM on Tuesday March 17th. The workshop will run from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, and then from 9:00AM to 5:00PM each day for the rest of the week. Breakfast (continental) and lunch will be provided Wednesday through Friday.

Driving Directions

Directions can be found here. There are two parking garages that you could use. One is the Saratoga garage located at 220 Arch St. The other is the BioPark garage located at 1 N. Poppleton St. Cost is $12 per day. There is also street parking that might be closer. Pay for this at pay stations along the streets. There is usually a 2 or 4 hour limit on how long you can be there without paying again.


The closest airport is Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Other airports in the region (1 - 1.5 hours away) are Dulles and Reagan National.


Baltimore is served by Amtrak and MARC train service.


There are several hotels within easy walking distance to our location at 670 W. Baltimore St. Here are a couple of suggestions that previous attendees have been happy with:

Hampton Inn Baltimore-Downtown-Convention Center
Holiday Inn Baltimore-Inner Harbor (Downtown)

The Holiday Inn offers special pricing for people visiting the University of Maryland. Just mention when you make your reservation that you are attending a workshop at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


Please send any questions to Michelle Giglio (mgiglio AT