BGI Workshop at PAG 2015

Join BGI’s Workshop at the
2015 Plant and Animal Genome XXIII Conference

Monday, January 12, 2015 | 6:10 PM - 8:20 PM

San Diego Room | Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, CA

We are pleased to invite you to the BGI Workshop at the upcoming Plant & Animal Genome Conference 2014. At this workshop, you will hear case studies from leading researchers applying BGI’s next generation genomic sequencing capabilities and other omics-based solutions to advance agricultural research and development. Please join us to learn how researchers from around the world are using BGI’s comprehensive array of services with the goal of improving agricultural breeding.


6:15 PM - 6:35 PM

Recent Progress of Plant and Animal Researches at BGI

Dr. Xin Liu, Director, Plant and Animal Breeding Group, BGI Research, China
Dr. Xin Liu is currently the director for the Plant and Animal Breeding Group at BGI Research.  Before BGI, Dr. Liu interned at Peking University where he conducted research on the gene function study of MYB in Arabidopsis by yeast two hybrid screening. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in the department of Medicine and Therapeutics. His current research interests include: poplulation genetics and application of second-generation sequencing.

6:35 PM - 6:55 PM

Soybean Genome Diversity and Trait Discovery

Dr. Henry T. Nguyen, Professor, University of Missouri & Director, National Center for Soybean Biotechnology, USA
Henry T. Nguyen is the Professor of Genetics and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Endowed Chair in Soybean Biotechnology. He serves as Director of the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology established by the United States Congress. Prior to the current position, he was a professor of genetics at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University System for 18 years. He has a distinguished career in plant genetics and biotechnology and is internationally recognized for his research in plant adaptation to stress environments.

6:55 PM - 7:15 PM

Population-Based Genotyping for Implementation of Genomic Selection in Outbreeding Crops: A Case Study in Perennial Ryegrass

Dr. Torben Asp, Senior Scientist, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark
Dr. Torben Asp is research group leader at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University in Denmark. The research group conducts both fundamental and applied research to dissect complex traits mainly in temperate grasses. Dr. Asp’s research interests include deciphering and analysis of plant genomes on a structural and functional level using computational biology and comparative genomics approaches, to identify the individual nucleotides responsible for quantitative variation.

7:15 PM - 7:35 PM

Revisiting Cassava Genetic Diversity Reveals Eco-Geographic Signature of the Crop’s Domestication

Dr. Luis Augusto Becerra Lopez-Lavalle, Cassava Molecular Geneticist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia
Dr. Luis Augusto Becerra Lopez-Lavalle is the Senior Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He joined CIAT in 2009 after working in cotton molecular genetics at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Division of Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia. He holds a master’s degree in Science, majoring in Cytogenetics from Cayetano Heredia University, in Lima, Peru. Dr. Lopez-Lavalle also holds a Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Genetics from the University of Sydney, Australia.

7:35 PM - 7:55 PM

Application of Genome Engineering and CRISPR/Cas9 Technologies in Plant and Animal Breeding

Dr. Luhan Yang, Postdoc Fellow, Harvard Medical School & Co-founder, eGenesis, USA
Dr. Luhan Yang is the Co-founder and president of eGenesis. At eGenesis, Dr. Yang was involved in developing organs for human transplantation by engineering pigs. She is also a postdoc fellow from Harvard Medical School where she was a graduate research assistant for Dr. George Church.  In 2014, Dr. Yang received several awards, the Richard J. Herrnstein Prize for best graduate dissertation of Harvard for 2013-2014, the Young Entrepreneur Initiative Laureate by the Embassy of France in the United States and was Forbes 2014 30 under 30 in Science & Healthcare.

7:55 PM - 8:15 PM

1,000 Fish Transcriptome (FISH-T1K) Project - Progress and Challenges

Dr. Ying Sun, Director, Marine Biobank, China National Genebank & BGI Shenzhen, China
Ying Sun is the project leader of the Fish T1K project (1,000 Fish Transcriptome,, an international multi-disciplinary omics study in fish. Dr. Sun has been involved in the use of genetics and genomics in conservation of marine genomic resources for almost 15 years through roles in fish biology, genomic collection of marine species and biobanking, database construction, biobanking certification, training and education etc. She is also the founder and director of the Marine Biobank and Biobanking Certification and Training Center of CNGB.

Light refreshments will be served. Spaces are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.
Workshop will begin promptly at 6:10 PM. No registration is required, so please come early.

Visit us at Booth #518,
Where You Will Discover More About the Power of Sequencing!