Need a Lucky Break? DNAnexus Is Giving Away a 4-Day AGBT Badge

agbt 2013 meetingIt’s hard to believe January has already arrived — and that means scientists throughout the genomics community have their eyes on next month’s Advances in Genome Biology & Technology (AGBT) meeting in Marco Island, Fla.

For some people, that entails booking flights and checking the sunblock supply. For others, though, the next few weeks will be spent in a last-ditch effort to get into the wildly oversubscribed conference. If you’re one of those people, we have an opportunity for you: join our contest to win a prepaid AGBT badge.

AGBT is far and away one of the most important scientific meetings of the year, and DNAnexus is proud to be among the sponsors this year. We are honored to be supporting an event that has consistently maintained high standards for scientific talks, posters, and social events for more than a decade.

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(Source: Marco Island Marriott)

As a sponsor of the conference, we are able to purchase a full, four-night registration — but instead of giving it to one of our employees, we are instead choosing to give it away to a deserving scientist who has no other chance to attend this meeting. This giveaway is not tied to what we do and has no strings attached from DNAnexus; it’s just an opportunity for us to recognize someone for truly innovative and compelling research.

Any scientist working at a university or other research institution may enter. Simply send a short note from your workplace email to agbt13@dnanexus.com with the following information:

  1. Name and mailing address
  2. Brief description of your research (no more than 400 words)
  3. A sentence or two on why you should be selected to attend the conference

Deadline for submissions: January 23. The entries will be judged by our founders: Andreas Sundquist, Arend Sidow, and Serafim Batzoglou. The winner will be informed by January 25 and publicly announced in February. Stay tuned and connect with us socially (Twitter, Google+, etc.) to find out who wins and what we’ll have in store at AGBT.

And if you’ve already gotten your AGBT badge, please let your colleagues who weren’t so lucky know about this contest. We’re looking forward to spending four days in Florida listening to the best genomics research going on — and we can’t wait to help a lucky scientist come too!

The fine print: Award includes a full conference badge and four nights of lodging. The winner is responsible for transportation to and from the meeting and all other expenses. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest is not open to DNAnexus employees or consultants. Applicants must be over the age of 18. This contest is not affiliated with or sponsored by the AGBT conference. 

Join DNAnexus for a Lunchtime Workshop at ASHG

Whether you join us for lunch to explore the dark matter of ENCODE or visit our booth (#507) to check out the latest updates and get a demo of DNAnexus, we’d love to catch up with you at ASHG. Plus, be entered to win an iPod Shuffle, when introducing yourself at the DNAnexus booth.

 

kundaje encodeWe are honored to have Dr. Anshul Kundaje, research scientist at MIT, review his latest ENCODE consortium paper and share insights into gene regulation. By looking at 119 transcription factors and regulatory proteins, Kundaje’s team found that chromatin diversity at the regulatory level is the norm, rather than the exception.

 

During this lunchtime talk you’ll discover how Kundaje and team used DNAnexus to process and map some 5 billion reads and identified chromatin patterns via a newly developed probabilistic mapping tool, the Clustered AGgregation Tool (CAGT). The clustering approach yielded dramatically different results compared to the standard method of averaging chromatin marks across populations. Importantly, Kundaje’s team was able to identify about 25 “metapatterns,” or signatures that represent the diversity of modifications across binding sites and cell types. These distinct patterns will be valuable for other scientists examining chromatin modifications and making inferences about what those changes are doing in the genome.

 

Details

• Wednesday, November 7th, 12:45 – 2:15 pm
• Moscone Center, Room 301 (Esplanade Level)
• Boxed lunch & refreshments will be provided!

 

Agenda

Introduction
Brigitte Ganter, Ph.D., Director of Product Marketing, DNAnexus

Ubiquitous Heterogeneity and Asymmetry of the Chromatin Environment at Human Regulatory Elements
Anshul Kundaje, Ph.D., Research Scientist MIT

DNAnexus: A Collaborative and Scalable Data Technology Platform
Andreas Sundquist, Ph.D., CEO and Co-founder, DNAnexus

 

Explore the data yourself; you’ll find the 20 samples accessible via DNAnexus in our Public Data folder, labeled Encode.

 

Congratulations to Our Newest iPad Winners!

We’re delighted to see that more and more people are signing up to keep updated on the status of the upcoming launch of our new platform. As promised, each month we have drawn a name from that growing list to be the lucky winner of a new iPad.

We have two new winners to announce:

For July, the lucky person was Marie Fahey, a bioinformatics analyst with Asuragen. And for June, the winner was Ravi Madduri, a fellow in the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Congratulations to both!

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to sign up on dnanexusx.com to be the first to know when we unveil the new platform.