In our previous blog on All You Need To Know About Microbiome In Health & Wellness Hackathon, we discussed – What Microbiome in Health and Wellness Hackathon is all about? What opportunities are present for those who are participating? What are some popular research publications that will provide ideas for students?
In this blog, we will discuss the associated resources that you will get access to as well as some of the potential student project outcomes as a part of participating in the hackathon.
1. From Coursework To Example Projects
Once students have registered, they will have access to the OmicsLogic Training Program. This comprises coursework, example project, mentor guidance, technical support and so much more.
If you are a beginner in the field of metagenomics or you are an intermediate or expert willing to refresh your metagenomics concepts, I would like to direct you to the free certificate course – Course 2: Bytes and Molecules.
In this course, the lesson that will be of relevance will be Lesson 8 - Introduction to Metagenomics. In this lesson, you will explore how different types of analysis can be used to understand the microbial world and practice several bioinformatics approaches to the analysis of the microbiome. Finally, to check your understanding, the lesson ends with a simple quiz.
If you wish to proceed ahead and gain an in-depth understanding of metagenomics concepts, you can opt for Course 4: Metagenomics. In this course, you will learn about processing 16s rRNA data with DADA2, visualizing OTU abundance tables for diversity, and using the Phyloseq R package that can help build phylogeny-aware species richness, as well as alpha diversity plots and beta diversity plots.
Once you gain a thorough understanding of key concepts involved in metagenomic data analysis, you can start by going through one of the relevant example projects. OmicsLogic Example Projects are sourced from high-impact research publications that help provide students with the logic behind conducting a research project.
2. From Example Projects To Project Completion
All the example projects follow a similar format where students are initially given an overview of the important concepts to carry out the project. This is followed by identifying a gap in the literature and understanding the significance of the research question proposed. Once done, students’ knowledge is tested through quizzes and assignments. To provide hands-on practical experience, students are given step-by-step guidelines for building bioinformatics pipelines on the T-BioInfo Platform.
So now you might be wondering, what comes after completing the courses and example projects? The answer is possibilities are endless!
3. From Project Completion To Potential Outcomes
- Publish on OmicsLogic Learn Portal: For instance, you could go on to perform a research project like Gazal Bhargava (B. Tech Bioinformatics, Amity University, Rajasthan) who completed a research project on – the composition of gut microbiota of samples infected with liver cancer. She uploaded her project on the learn portal where an international community of students, peers, and bioinformatics experts can watch her presentation recording, read through her research project, like, share, and comment their feedback under the comment section.
- Presentation at SciOmics Club: Another interesting student project outcome can be seen in the case of Dilara Diken (Molecular Biology & Genetics Graduate, Bahcesehir University) who completed her project on “Metagenomics and Astronaut Health” which she went on to present at the SciOmics Club - a place where an international learning community of bioinformatic enthusiasts comes together to share their work, discuss on important topics and share their queries to stay up-to-date with latest advancements in the field.
This also a platform where students and researchers come together and debate on topics such as “Metagenomics: Human Verses Microbes”.
- Research Publication: In addition, Dilara Diken also went on to publish her project as a pre-print on bioRxiv that she can share with her peers, mentors, and potential employers for future connections.
Radiation Threats to Humans in Space and an alternative approach with Probiotics – https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.03.12.435153
- Omics Research Symposium: Further, you could also participate in Omics Research Symposiums where a former participant – Brindangnanam Pownraj (Bioinformatics Ph.D. Candidate, Pondicherry University) who presented her project on the comparison of microbiome data of different lung diseases won cash prizes for the Best Technical Research Project. This symposium is an international research symposium that brings together microbiome experts such as Dr. Gareth Trubl, Staff Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Dr. Joseph Borg, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator, University of Malta - amongst so many other experts who join as guest speakers and judges.
In our next blog, we will be discussing how one can leverage technical resources through the T-BioInfo Platform for carrying out microbiome analysis.
For details on the hackathon, visit – https://edu.omicslogic.com/microbiome-in-health-and-wellness-hackathon
To watch the full video where the above details are explained, visit – https://youtu.be/d4y622tE4zU
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