Making Sense Out of Microbiome Data

The Importance of Standardized Reference Materials

11/1/2018 — 11/3/2018

Presented at the AMP Annual Meeting


Next-generation sequencing technologies have influenced microbiome analyses in tremendous ways, opening up applications in the areas of clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and environmental research. However, the complexities involved in 16S rRNA community profiling and shotgun metagenomics methods often result in the introduction of biases throughout the workflow, ultimately impacting data interpretation and reproducibility. To address this, ATCC has developed fully sequenced, authenticated microbiome standards that can be used in assay standardization or as daily run controls. This workshop will highlight the utility of these standards and will focus on the assays and sequencing tools from Illumina that facilitate microbiome research.

Presenters

Dev Mittar

Dev Mittar, Ph.D.,
Lead Scientist, ATCC

Dev Mittar, Ph.D., is a Lead Scientist and the head of the microbiology R&D group at ATCC. At ATCC, He has been instrumental in the development of controls and standards for various infectious microorganisms with applications in the area of molecular diagnostics and clinical, food, and pharmaceutical microbiology. He led the development of ATCC Microbiome standards with a goal to help microbiome researchers standardize their methods. Dr. Mittar received post-doctoral training at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and worked at BD Biosciences before joining ATCC.