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Archives for February 2015

DNA Sampling in Mossoro

Tonight the adventure begins, where I will fly with Julliane and Sara to Natal. It will be a late flight as it is leaving 23:45. We then have to pick up all the heavy equipment in the airport, and I guess we will just crash when we reach our hotel. Tomorrow the car is set for Mossoró, where we will do the actual sampling Wednesday and or Thursday. And, fortunately they now have a heat wave in Mossoró, not like here in Belo Horizonte where it has rained for almost a week….

37 degrees and trying to sample for the first time, I can’t wait 🙂


Mossoró weather week 7 2015

CEBio Metagenomics course February 2015

A great course has now come to an end, and I have finally gotten some sleep again. It was well needed. Unfortunately the calendar now says rain, rain, rain, now when I was hoping that I could get out to get a little tanned…

The course was a free course, organized by Guilherme Oliveira, on the topic of Metagenomics.

The course is aimed towards students, post-docs and researchers novice to metagenomics. The course will provide training in: data generation, experimental design, statistical considerations, sampling methods, data generation for 16S, shotgun and transcriptome, data analysis for diversity and functional studies, metadata analysis, single cell genomics.

Speakers included teachers from CEBio, Colombia, Egypt, USA and Denmark, a fantastic team that Guilherme once again had gathered. The list of instructors can be found here: Metagenomics Course 2015 _ instructors.cebio and the course schedule can be found here: Course Program _ metagenome.cebio.

Below are some pictures from throughout the course.

First talk at CEBio Metagenomics course 2015

Today I gave my first talk titled “General data production considerations, public tools and computational resources” at the CEBio Metagenomics course 2015. It was a more general talk with introduction to our Metagenomics group at CBS, followed by an introduction to Computerome which I got a really nice response to. Then I followed up by presenting some CBS tools that I thought would be relevant for the students during their studies, and then I gave some guidelines for using online prediction tools generally in a critical way 🙂 Tomorrow I will give a talk in “Preprocessing, quality, error correction, assembly” which I am really looking forward to 🙂

February means Brazil

I’m back ! Back in the beautiful country of Brazil that I already like so much. I actually arrived Wednesday last week, I have just been too busy preparing presentations for the course I am attending (more about that later).

This is the second time, but hopefully not the last, that I am here. My first was last year when I was invited to give a talk. It was super fun, I met so many nice interesting people, and it was so good to see them all again 🙂

This first week will be all about the course, next week I will go sampling with my friend Sara and some colleagues in the salterns around Mossoró in North of Brazil. When we get back the carnival will start and after that I will even have 5 more days to relax and enjoy the sun 🙂 Perfect !

Just a little note on the side, if you haven’t been to Brazil before, I can only say GO GO GO!!! Brazil is really beautiful, people are extremely friendly (at least the people I have met along my way) and the food is amazing. I feel so welcome here, it’s very difficult not to feel like home. Plus, I like the more relaxed approach to everything, which is definitely not in a lazy way like many other “relaxed countries”, It’s just in a more happy way to live life.

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