“Genome Sequencing and Microbial Resources” workshop

February 19, 2024
June 10, 2024 - June 11, 2024


UC Davis, CA, USA


The increasing power of DNA sequencing technologies presents new opportunities to utilize microbial specimens and associated data in exciting ways to broaden scientific discovery. This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities related to microbial genome sequencing, with focus on living microbes, whether sourced from a researcher’s freezer or a large formal repository. Discussions will explore opportunities to integrate phenotypic and genotypic information, specimen and data storage, preservation procedures, licensing of both intellectual and tangible property and emerging requirements of Nagoya Protocol.

Registration is open

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  • Regular rate: $125
  • Student rate: $75

Draft Agenda

Monday, June 10

8:00 am – Registration and badge pick-up

8:30 am – Welcome and Introductions – Dusti Gallagher, USCCN Project Manager

U.S. Culture Collections Network Overview

Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities with Microbial Collections

8:45 am – Panel Discussion – Moderator: Dusti Gallagher

    • Kyria Boundy-Mills, Phaff Yeast Culture Collection
    • Speaker TBD, federal collection
    • Amber Hartman-Scholz, DSMZ – Invited
    • Speaker TBD, university research collection
    • Sayeh Homayounpour, Ginkgo Bioworks

10:00 am – Networking Break

Session 2: The Power of Data – Leveraging Collections to Answer Scientific Questions

10:15 am – Tiffany Lowe-Power, UC-Davis

KBase & Genome course

10:45 am – Edward Dudley, Penn State University

EDGE CMT Project: Predicting bacteriophage susceptibility from Escherichia coli genotype

11:15 am – Caitilyn Allen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Talk title TBD

11:45 am –  Speaker TBD

12:30 am – Networking Lunch

Session 3: The Nagoya Protocol: Potential Impacts on Data, Information, Licensing & Agreements

1:30 pm – Amber Hartman-Scholz, DSMZ – Invited

2:15 pm – Matthew Ryan, CABI – strain & data preservation – Invited

3:00 pm – Networking Break

3:15 pm – Dianna Francis, UC-Davis

Intellectual, Tangible Property & Commercial Licensing of Specimens

4:00 pm – Speaker TBD – Research License Agreements

4:45 pm – Open Discussion, Day 1 Q&A

5:00 pm – Wrap-up Announcements & Adjourn

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Networking Reception with Hors D’oeuvres

Tuesday, June 11

8:30 am – Welcome and Announcements

Session 4: Unique Opportunities and/or Projects Within the Collections and Scientific Communities

8:35 am – Specimen Management Plan discussion

9:05 am – Rekha Seshadri & Tanja Woyke, JGI

JGI services and sequencing success stories

9:45 am – Speaker TBD – UCD Genome Center

10:15 am – Networking Break

10:45 am – Marco Riojas, ATCC

Biodefense & Emerging Infections Resources

10:45 am – Open Discussion/Q&A

11:10 am – Wrap-up and Tour Announcements

11:15 am – Departure for Morning Tours

  • 11:30-12:00 | Tour #1: UC-Davis Teaching Brewery
  • 12:00-12:30 | Tour #2:  UC-Davis Teaching Winery

12:45 pm – Box lunch, UC-Davis Alumni Center

1:30 pm – Departure for Afternoon Tours

  • 1:45-2:15 | Tour #3: TBC
  • 2:30-3:00 | Tour #4: TBC

3:30pm – End of Workshop

Practical information

The workshop will take place at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center
University of California, Davis
530 Alumni Ln, Davis, CA 95616, USA


The USCCN negotiated a discounted rate for workshop attendees at the Hyatt Place UC Davis, located at walking distance (5 minutes) from the workshop venue. We encourage you to book early to secure your room as only a limited number of rooms are guaranteed at this rate.

Discounted rate conditions:

  • Rate: $174 (not including state and local taxes, which are currently 15.195%), breakfast included
  • For a room booked between Sunday, June 9, 2024 and Tuesday, June 11, 2024
  • Booking should be made before May 9, 2024
  • Cancellation conditions: free cancelation until 11:59pm Pacific Time 2 days before arrival. Any guest who NO SHOWS, will be charged the group rate for one night and their reservation will be canceled. If the guest arrives at a later date, they are not guaranteed a room or a group rate. If a guest checks out earlier than the reservation indicates, they will pay for the additional night(s).

To book at room:

  • Go to this page
  • Click on the “Book Now” button
  • Enter your arrival and departure dates
  • Click the “Book Now” button again
  • You will then see see room options at the USCCN rate
  • Select your room type and proceed with the booking
  • A credit card is necessary to guarantee the booking