One Week Online Workshop on

Environmental Genomics and Genome Editing

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Course Coordinator:

Prof. Utpal Bora
Dept. of Biosciences & Bioengg/Centre for the Environment

Conducted by:

Centre for the Environment, IIT Guwahati

Organized by:

Knowledge Incubation for TEQIP
Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Guwahati


Environmental genomics is an interdisciplinary field that brings together knowledge on the past and the present organisms and ecosystems, through the analysis of the gene sequences, genomes, metagenomes, transcripts, transcriptomes and metatranscriptomes. Environmental genomics provides a wealth of information on the taxonomy and diversity of current and fossil organisms, their phylogeny and evolution. It also focusses on their potential and ability to adapt and acclimatize, their functional traits and their interaction with the biotic and abiotic factors of the environment. Metagenomics is extensively used to study microbial communities in various area of research including animal health, human biology, food and agriculture, etc. The application of metagenomics in ecology and environmental research helps in understanding the microbial composition and diversity indicating well-being or vulnerabilities of an ecosystem. In modern biology, genome editing is one of the most promising technologies for radical transformation of human kind. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for development of genome editing tool, CRISPR/Cas9. With advent of genome editing tools like ZNF, TALEN and most importantly CRISPR-Cas9, there has been an unprecedented development primarily in curing genetic disease of human and improving productivity of crops. In the same time, the world is facing impending threats from environmental degradation and ecological loss. Application of genome editing technologies in ecology and ecological research will help to address the problems of conservation. The workshop is designed for faculty members and young researchers to give them an overview of state-of-the-art genomic and genome editing technologies. This workshop aims to make the participants learn key concepts, familiarize them with the developments in techniques and tools and make them aware of the scopes and potential applications of these technologies in ecology and environmental research. The five-day workshop will include theoretical lectures on metagenomics and genome editing along with a hand-on-training on metagenomics data analysis with bioinformatics.


Original Dates Extended Dates
Last date for receipt of soft copy of the duly sponsored application by email: February 12, 2021 February 20, 2021
Last date for receipt of hard copy of the duly sponsored application: February 17, 2021 February 21, 2021
DD for registration fee (non-TEQIP-III institutions) must reach by: February 17, 2021 February 21, 2021
Intimation of selection: February 18, 2021 February 22, 2021


Fundamentals of metagenomics
State-of-the-art and applications of metagenomics in ecology and environmental research
Fundamentals of genome editing
Basics and applications of ZFN, TALEN and CRISPR-CAS9 genome editing tool
State-of-the-art and applications of metagenomics in ecology and environmental research
Bioethics and Intellectual Property Rights for genome editing
Hand-on-training on metagenomics data analysis using bioinformatics and computational tools
Applications of R and python in metagenomics data analysis

Who can attend:

The event is open to Faculty members and students with background of Biotechnology/Biomedical/Bioprocess/Chemical/Civil/Environmental engineering/Food technology/Bioinformatics/Zoology/Botany and allied fields from TEQIP mapped Institutions/Engineering Colleges/ATUs. Participation is also open to Faculty members and Research Scholars from non-TEQIP-III institution upon submission of a fee as described in the brochure.

Registration details

Registration fee is free for participants from TEQIP-III mapped institutions.
For participants from non-TEQIP-III institutions, a registration fee of 2950 INR (2500 INR + 18% GST) is charged.
The fee has to be deposited through a demand draft drawn in favor of:

Payable at "GUWAHATI"

Selection will be based on First cum first served basis. For participants from non-TEQIP-III selection is subject to the deposition of prescribed fee. Issue of the participation certificate is subjected to satisfactory attendance of the participant in the workshop.

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