Sequencing, Finishing, and Analysis in the Future Meeting


“Sequencing, Finishing and Analysis in the Future” (SFAF) is an annual meeting dedicated to bringing together experts in the genomics field—including representatives from the industries that serve this specialized scientific community.sequencing 
The meeting focuses on laboratory methods and computational tools used to help sequence, assemble, and finish genomes, including new sequencing technologies, which promise high-throughput results by sequencing more base-pairs per run at longer read-lengths.

Meeting Materials:

2019 Meeting guide and agenda (pdf)

Keynote Speakers were:

  • Dr. Rita ColwellChairman and Founder, CosmosID, and former Director of the National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Deborah HungCo-Director of the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program, The Broad Institute; professor at Harvard University; and physician
  • Dr. Charles Chiu, Professor at the University of California-San Francisco and Director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center

Areas of emphasis included:

Genome Sequencing

  • Sequencing strategies and technology advancements using the various NGS platforms
  • De novo sequencing, re-sequencing, Human seq., RNA seq., metagenomics, etc.
  • Sequencing applications for metagenomics, transcriptomics, diagnostics, and biosurveillance

Genome Assembly

  • Whole genome assemblers and integration of next generation data
  • De novo assemblers for short reads, hybrid assemblers 
  • Recalling and calibrating genome assemblies
  • Single cell and metagenomic assemblies

Genome Analysis

  • Genome annotation and pathway identification tools and pipelines
  • Comparative genomics, re-sequencing, SNPs, structural variation
  • Large scale data management, cloud computing
  • Analysis for forensics, metagenomics, and antimicrobial resistance

Applications of NGS

  • Bringing sequence to the clinic (i.e., diagnostics, cancer, inherited disorders)
  • Human, non-human, and infectious disease applications
  • Gene editing, synthetic genomics, forensics, and biosurveillance
  • AgriGenomics, livestock genomics, plant genomics
  • Global engagement and partnerships