QIAGEN Microbiome Webinars


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 Microbiome analysis – from complex samples to insight with confidence



Characterizing the microbiome of neonates and infants to explore associations with health and disease

Presenter: Christopher J. Stewart, Ph.D.

This webinar will focus on the acquisition and development of the preterm gut microbiome from birth and following discharge from intensive care. Specifically, we will discuss the association of the gut microbiome with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and late onset sepsis (LOS), as well as the impact of birth mode. We will also discuss analysis of multi-omic datasets, including the analysis of the airway microbiome and metabolome in infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis.

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Taxonomic profiling using shotgun metagenome data

 In this webinar, we will introduce the latest workflows optimized for shotgun metagenome analysis, which we released with the most recent version of Microbial Genomics Pro Suite – our comprehensive, user-friendly and scalable NGS data analysis platform for microbial genomics.

The webinar focuses on how users can, with a few simple steps, analyze shotgun metagenome data to obtain and compare taxonomic profiles of microbial communities. You will also learn how to assess and compare microbial diversity between sample categories, and to carry out statistical comparisons of relative abundance between sample groups in the context of experiment-relevant metadata.

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Semi-automated low-throughput workflow for microbial analyses of human stool

The gut microbiota composition changes dramatically throughout aging and disease. A healthy gut microbiota is typically characterized by large bacterial taxonomic diversity and functional capacity, whereas frailty and aging are associated with loss of diversity and expansion of more pathogenic bacterial species. However, in order to accurately profile changes in microbial communities, the reproducible isolation of high quality DNA is an important step. Automation allows for convenient, reliable and reproducible isolation of high quality DNA, which can be used directly for downstream sequencing applications. In this webinar, we will discuss the development of a semi-automated workflow to profile the gut microbiota of young and old individuals and identify changes in bacterial composition and function that occur with age. This workflow will help to simplify and streamline the DNA extraction process for samples with high inhibitor content and subsequent microbial community analyses. 

Speaker: Patrick Smith, Ph.D., Scientist R&D, QIAGEN 

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Microbiome analysis – from complex samples to insight with confidence

Whether you’re knee deep in microbial research or wondering how to design your first study, the best chance of achieving reliable results and advancing your microbiome research is choosing the right tools for your workflow. Now that MO BIO is part of QIAGEN, we can provide everything you need for your microbiome studies beginning with DNA/RNA isolation, continuing with NGS and ending with data analysis. MO BIO’s optimized bead beating technology and patented Inhibitor Removal Technology® ensure high quality, inhibitor-free DNA that is ready to use in downstream amplification or NGS library preparation. 


QIAGEN Microbiome is offering a new webinar series to help you advance your microbiome research

Part 1: Nucleic acid isolation from PCR inhibitor-rich sample types

Presenter: Eddie Adams, PhD – Director of R&D, MO BIO Laboratories

In this webinar, we focus on nucleic acid extraction tools developed by MO BIO Laboratories that facilitate accurate non-biased community analysis and eliminate common amplification problems via the depletion of endogenous polymerase inhibitors using our patented Inhibitor Removal Technology.

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Part 2: QIAseq technologies for metagenomics and microbiome NGS library prep
Presenter: Jennifer Fostel, PhD – Senior Global Product Manager, QIAGEN

In this webinar, learn about the innovative technologies that form the basis of QIAGEN’s portfolio of QIAseq library prep solutions for metagenomics and microbiome sequencing. Whether your research starts from single microbial cells, 16s rRNA PCR amplicons, or gDNA for whole genome analysis, QIAseq technologies offer tips and tricks for capturing the genomic diversity of your samples in the most unbiased, streamlined way possible.

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QIAseq Technologies for Metagenomics and Microbiome NGS Library Prep from QIAGEN


Part 3: Microbiome profiling with the Microbial Genomics Pro Suite
Presenters: Arne Materna, PhD – Director of Microbial Genomics, QIAGEN and Andreas Sand Pedersen, PhD – Senior Research Bioinformatician, QIAGEN

In this webinar, we introduce the scientist-friendly Microbial Genomics Pro Suite offering workflows optimized for microbiome profiling, microbial typing and outbreak analysis. The workflows and tools for microbial genomics introduced with this software package further extend the comprehensive set of genomics, transcriptomics and epigenomics analysis solutions that researchers know from CLC Genomics Workbench.

The webinar focuses on how users can, with a few simple steps, analyze 16S rRNA data to obtain and compare taxonomic profiles of microbial communities. You will also learn how to assemble and annotate metagenomes to generate functional profiles, and how to carry out statistical comparisons of relative abundance between sample groups in the context of experiment-relevant metadata.

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The Human Microbiome: Beyond the Gut

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The human body hosts myriad distinct bacterial colonies that play important functions in both health and disease. These dynamic microbial colonies fluctuate over time and even form niche colonies in close proximity to one another. This webinar will highlight new research on the human microbiome and how this knowledge is being used to understand health and disease. The panelists will discuss advances in research on lung and skin microbiome. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the experts, ask questions, and seek advice on topics that are unique to their research.