Sequencing, Finishing, and Analysis in the Future Meeting

The 15th annual SFAF Meeting was held VIRTUALLY December 1-3, 2020


“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 

Keynote Speakers were:

  • Richard Gibbs, Director, Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center
  • Duncan MacCannell, Chief Science Officer, Office of Advanced Molecular Detection, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Momo Vuyisich, Chief Science Officer, Viome

Areas emphasized:

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 single cell, 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, biosurveillance, and cyberbiosecurity
  • AgriGenomics, livestock genomics, plant genomics
  • Global engagement and partnerships