GenoFest 2023

Join us for the 11th Annual GenoFest!

Friday, October 6, 2023, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM 
Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building   
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The UMN Genomics Center is hosting our 11th Annual GenoFest on Friday, October 6, 2023. This informative open house is for the UMN research community to learn about emerging trends in genomics technologies, future plans for the UMGC, and available resources and services.

This year, GenoFest is organized as a combination of UMGC presentations, including a main presentation by UMGC Director, Dr. Kenny Beckman, technology presentations, lab tours, networking opportunities, and a genomics resource fair with ~15 tables hosted by industry experts.

This event is free and open to the public – any researchers and support staff who are interested in learning more about the UMGC and the genomic resources available to support their research are encouraged to attend. 

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Genomics Resource Fair (9:00 AM - 2:30 PM) 
Registration is not required for the fair. Researchers are welcome to stop by the CCRB atrium at any time and sign in at the main CCRB entrance. 

Advanced registration is required for in-person participation and is limited to 125 attendees. Optional lunch will be available for in-person presentation attendees. Morning coffee will be available. 

In-person Registration   Virtual Registration


Morning Part 1 (8:30 AM - 11:00 AM)    
8:30 AM - Coffee & Check In          
9:00 AM - Kenny Beckman, UMGC Director - "UMGC Update: New Technologies and Service Models"         
9:45 AM - Pat Grady and Fernanda Rodriguez - "Single Cell and Spatial Transcriptomics at UMGC"
10:00 AM - Dinesha Walek, Aaron Becker, John Garbe - "Updated NGS services and preliminary Aviti data review"      
10:15 AM - Andrew Alegria, UMGC Innovation Lab - "Automated microinjection for next-generation genome editing in multicellular organisms"        
10:30 AM - Coffee Break*   

Morning Part 2 (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM)   
11:00 AM - Cande Rogert, Illumina Vice President - "Illumina: Inspiring Bold Multiomics Discoveries"
11:30 AM - Solomon Hailu, Element Technical Scientist - "Elements AVITI Sequencer: Next Level Sequencing solution for NGS Applications"      
12:00 PM - Sara Ladley, Olink Development Specialist - "Actionable insights from discovery to targeted and custom biomarker panels using PEA"
12:15 PM - Brenda DeGerald, Illumina Array Specialist - "Novel Discoveries Emerging from Methylation Data"

Afternoon (12:30 PM - 2:30 PM)   
12:30 PM - Lunch and optional lab tour*     
1:30 PM - Resource Fair and optional lab tour*     
2:30 PM - Adjourn 

*Indicates times for presentation attendees to attend the Genomics Resource Fair, which is open to everyone from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. 

Genomics Resource Fair

16 tables hosted by technical experts will be available. Registration is not required for the fair. Researchers are welcome to stop by the CCRB atrium between 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM and sign in at the main CCRB entrance. 

UMN tables: 

Sponsored tables:

GenoFest vendor logos 2023

Lab Tours

We will open our 1-210 CCRB lab to provide additional information about the comprehensive genomic resources available for UMN researchers. During the tour, GenoFest attendees will have an opportunity to:

  • See our state-of-the-art genomics technologies including the newly arrived AVITI System
  • View the area that will become the dedicated workspace for spatial and single-cell researchers (coming early 2024)
  • View the Innovation Lab’s fly injector in action and learn more about their collaborations
  • Speak with UMGC scientists: Aaron Becker, Fernanda Rodriguez, John Garbe, and the Innovation Lab 
  • Ask questions about your upcoming projects

These 15-minute tours will be offered between 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM during GenoFest. Sign-up will be available at GenoFest during check-in and also the coffee break.

Location and Parking

GenoFest is hosted in the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building (2231 6th 
St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455) located on the East Bank of the University of 
Minnesota. Check-in will be available at the main entrance. 

For parking near CCRB, we suggest parking in the Maroon and Victory daily lots ($6/day without in/out privileges) located across the street. 

Additional transportation options: 
The Metro Green Line (Light Rail) and select campus buses have stops near CCRB. A variety of detailed campus maps can help you navigate to CCRB.

Contact with event questions.