It has been a very long time since my last post, mainly because of my move to Seattle and all the disruptions it brought with it in terms of both my professional and personal life. One of the biggest changes has been a shift in my research focus: I am still working on modelling metabolism as I have explained before, but, in parallel, I have now also joined the ISB Family Genomics Group, in an effort to expand my scientific horizons, and at the same time get involved into some exciting research that my new institute in Luxembourg has a great interest in. For an example of what the Family Genomics Group does, check out their recent article in Science (doi).
I am a complete novice when it comes to genomics, genetics and everything associated with these fields, so I have a lot to learn! As part of my drive to expand my understanding, I decided to attend a workshop on the analysis of massively parallel sequencing data, which was organised as a satellite event of RECOMB 2011 (28-31 March, Vancouver, Canada).

Vancouver is really beautiful.
The RECOMB Satellite Workshops were held on 26 and 27 of March in downtown Vancouver. Talks covered areas like read mapping, variant genotyping, epigenetic variation, sequence assembly, and more; all very new for me.  Nevertheless, I made an effort to follow and keep a record of the meeting as best I could. You can review my live notes on the friendfeed public group I created for the purpose (or through my twitter feed).
One final note: during the workshop I noticed that Oliver Hofmann was also blogging on the RECOMB presentations, only he was doing a much, much better job than I ever could. You can find Oliver’s notes on his blog. RECOMB 2011 is ongoing, and Oliver keeps churning out the posts about many of the presentations in the conference so, if you are interested, you can follow his notes on these talks too.