McDonnell Genome Institute Seminar Series

March 9, 2022
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Online on Zoom

Seminar 1 – New Technologies in GTAC@MGI

March 9th, 2022, 11:30 AM

Zoom –

One of the chief roles of MGI is to act as a bridge between researchers and rapidly evolving ‘omics technologies. Our facilities obtain these technologies and make them available to researchers both within and outside of WashU. In addition, we help to make biologic sense of the often-large datasets we produce.  While we once specialized in sequencing, we have been significantly diversifying to include genome engineering, proteomics, metabolomics, sub-cellular imaging, machine learning, etc. To keep the research community abreast of our expanding activities, we will present a series of seminars by directors, lab heads and collaborators. 

The first seminar will provide an overview of what is new at our genomics facility, the Genome Technology Access Center (GTAC@MGI), including new technologies available for research and infrastructure advancements to improve efficiency.   Topics will include:

  • SomaScan – HT proteomics platform
  • Single assay which measures over 7000 serum/plasma proteins
  • Single-cell and spatial genomics
  • Single-cell library prep – enhanced throughput
  • Spatial transcriptomics – profiling within tissue architecture
  • Smart-seq – full-length RNA-seq from single cells 
  • Computational Support
  • CompBio 2.5 Update
  • Augmented artificial intelligence platform for omics analysis
  • New auto-annotation system
  • Tools for translational research 
  • DNA & RNA extraction services
  • Infrastructure Migration
  • Status of compute/software migration and expectations for collaborators
  • Future MGI seminar talks
  • Speaker – Richard Head, Professor of Genetics and Director GTAC@MGI
  • Future seminars will expand on the above and provide introductions to other activities/facilities