Sunday 12 November 2017

Edwards Lab at #ABACBS2017 and COMBINE

The Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society (ABACBS) 2017 Conference is here and the lab has four posters this year. If you are attending this year, come visit us or come at chat at one of the evening events. If not, we’ll stick them up on the lab webpage and/or Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society Conference F1000Research channel - tweet or email if you have any questions.

Gus and Kirsti will also be presenting their work orally at the COMBINE student symposium the day before the main conference.

  • Tue 14th Nov Poster #9: Optimising intrinsic protein disorder prediction for short linear motif discovery. Kirsti Paulsen, Sobia Idrees, Åsa Pérez-Bercoff and Richard Edwards. (ABACBS2017 Abstract #51)

  • Tue 14th Nov Poster #11: Multi-omic Characterisation of a Novel Xylose Metabolising Strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Gustave Severin, Åsa Pérez-Bercoff, Psyche Arcenal, Anna Sophia Grobler, Philip J. L. Bell, Paul V. Attfield and Richard J. Edwards. (ABACBS2017 Abstract #56)

  • Wed 15th Nov Poster #2: Investigating the evolution of complex novel traits using whole genome sequencing and molecular palaeontology. Åsa Pérez-Bercoff, Psyche Arcenal, Anna Sophia Grobler, Philip J. L. Bell, Paul V. Attfield and Richard J. Edwards. (ABACBS2017 Abstract #55)

  • Wed 15th Nov Poster #5: PacBio sequencing, de novo assembly and haplotype phasing of diploid yeast strains. Richard J. Edwards, Åsa Pérez-Bercoff, Tonia Russell, Paul V. Attfield and Philip J.L. Bell. (ABACBS2017 Abstract #59)

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Monday 6 November 2017

UNSW Genome Annotation workshop, Tuesday 21st November 2017

I am pleased to announce that we will be running a replacement for July’s cancelled Genome Annotation workshop at UNSW on Tuesday 21st November 2017, 1100-1400.

Places are limited but it’s free and you can sign up here through Eventbrite.


This workshop will include a short background lecture on the fundamentals of gene prediction and genome annotation followed by a hands-on component where we will conduct manual curation exercises using Apollo.

The workshop has been organised by EMBL-ABR and will be led by Dr Monica Munoz-Torres from Phoenix Bioinformatics who is an expert in genome annotation, current chair of the International Society for Biocuration Executive Committee, and former Project Manager of the Apollo Project.

Monica will be joining us direct from the San Francisco Bay Area, and we will have locally trained trainers on hand to help and facilitate the workshop locally.


  • Genome Annotation - why is it important?
  • Gene prediction
    • what is a gene
    • computation
    • annotation
  • Genome curation
    • knowledge
    • curation - why is this necessary?
  • Structural Annotation using Apollo
  • Biological principles for curation with Apollo
  • Apollo functionality: step by step
  • Curation example


Participants must bring their own eduroam-enabled laptop with either Chrome or Firefox installed.

Further information or contact Richard Edwards.