Event reports

KCCG held its latest capabilities showcase, a Nanopore workshop and professional development for teachers to use molecular animations in the classroom

Dr Kirston Barton guides researchers attending a Nanopore workshop at Garvan

29 April 2019

Nanopore workshop

On 20 and 21 March, KCCG's Genomic Technologies team ran a two day hands-on workshop in collaboration with Oxford Nanopore.

Led by Dr Martin Smith, the workshop gave 20 people the opportunity to learn the essentials of Nanopore sequencing and data analysis by sequencing the funnel web spider genome.


KCCG held its latest capabilities showcase on 28 March. Professor Leslie Burnett shared details of a new tool to help automate the genomic diagnosis pipeline, Bronwyn Terrill spoke about developing a genomics e-learning module for general practitioners, and Associate Professor Sarah Kummerfeld talked about how a multi-omics approach shed light on the role of BAP1, a tumour suppressor gene, in uveal melanoma.

Teaching with animations workshop

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Dr Kate Patterson and Bronwyn Terrill with Dr
Bat-Shahar Dorfman (left), and Prof Ron
Blonder (right) during their visit to Sydney

From 14-19 January, a workshop was held in partnership with the Weizmann Institute of Science focused on using molecular animation as a teaching tool for genomics education in secondary schools.

The workshop was part of a research project looking at methods to improve teachers’ knowledge and confidence in using molecular animations in the classroom. The study is a collaboration between KCCG education and engagement team leader Bronwyn Terrill and Garvan visual science communicator Dr Kate Patterson with Professor Ron Blonder, Professor Anat Yarden and Dr Bat-Shahar Dorfman from the Department of Science Teaching at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.