ACGT and Wits University host CLCbio Genomics Workbench Workshop (NGS workshop)

The ACGT, in collaboration with The University of Witwatersrand (Wits) held a CLCbio Genomics Workbench Workshop recently. The event was held at the Nucleus Computer Laboratory at Wits from the 14th to 18th July 2014. Delegates from all five ACGT partner institutions and UNISA were in attendance. The three day “hand-on workshop” was followed by two days (17th & 18th July 2014) of user sessions. During the user sessions, attendees brought along their own data sets and were assisted by the course trainers (on a one-on-one basis) in analysing their data.

Course presenter and field application specialist Dr Anne Arens from CLCbio headquarters in Germany conducted the three day “hands-on” course. She was joined on the trip by Dr Reinhard Eckloff, Key Account Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. The course covered various topics including de novo assembly, RNA-Seq and transcript analysis to name a few. Dr Hamilton Ganesan of Inqaba Biotec was also in attendance and assisted the course trainers during the tutorials.

Participant feedback indicated that the course was both highly beneficial and relevant to attendees.

The workshop presented forms part of a series of bioinformatics training courses hosted by ACGT and its partners to address specific needs in bioinformatics skills training. For more information on upcoming bioinformatics training events, visit the events page on the ACGT website ( or like us on Facebook (