In order to better understanding the molecular changes in any living organism, reconstructing its genome and transcriptome are crucial. In the recent years, many sophisticated assembly tools have been developed, which are still under improvement. The input materials for the assembly process are generated by modern sequencing technologies, which have enabled us to uncover the underlying genetic material for many species, including Homo sapiens, Mus musculus, Drosophila melanogaster, and Arabidopsis thaliana plants. In this talk, I will describe the genome and transcriptome reconstruction processes/tools and discuss their applications in my research projects.
Noushin Ghaffari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Prairie View A&M University. She joined PVAMU as a faculty after more than 10 years of successfully conducting research in the fields of computational biology, bioinformatics, High Performance Computing, data science and analytics. She employs her expertise in multidisciplinary research fields such as animal welfare, food security, genomics, and model development for biological and agricultural applications. Dr. Ghaffari is a certified Software Carpentry instructor, and organized and led the first three Software Carpentry Workshops at Texas A&M University.