UMN Nanopore Day

What You're Missing Matters (WYMM) Tour

Generate ultra-rich data for answers with impact. With a comprehensive view of structural variants and methylation, nanopore technology powers the bigger and bolder research questions you’ve always wanted to ask.​​

Join Oxford Nanopore on Thursday, March 21st, at the McNamara Alumni Center to hear from local experts who are using nanopore technology to break new ground in human genomics.​​​

Aside from talks ranging from human genomics for rare diseases to sequencing for cancer research, the full-day agenda will include networking breaks, Q&A, product displays, and opportunities to engage with your peers and nanopore experts.

Please note that this is an in-person event.

Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: McNamara Alumni Center

Hosted by Oxford Nanopore. There is no fee for this event, but registration is required. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Your place at this event will be confirmed via email from



9:00 AM: Registration/Breakfast​
9:30 AM: Welcome
Oxford Nanopore team
9:45 AM: Nanopore sequencing, the latest and greatest updates
Brandon Blakey, Oxford Nanopore Technologies

10:15 AM: Got snot? Sequencing-based testing for respiratory viruses
Beth Thielen, University of Minnesota
10:45 AM: Coffee Break

11:00 AM: Resolving “dark” genomic sequences in clinically relevant genes
Devin Oglesbee, Mayo Clinic
11:30 AM: Answers in hours – A prospective clinical study for rapid detection of pathogens and antibacterial resistance in surgical patients using Oxford Nanopore Sequencing
Emma Whittle, Mayo Clinic
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: Enteric pathogens in the neonatal intestine
Katherine Knoop, Mayo Clinic
1:30 PM: Development of a single comprehensive genomic test based on long-read sequencing technology for the diagnosis of rare genetic disorders
Siddhartha Sen, University of Minnesota
2:00 PM: Break
2:15 PM: Genome skimming for epigenetics: fast, inexpensive, and precise global DNA methylation
Christopher Faulk, University of Minnesota

2:45 PM: Closing
3:00 - 5:00 PM: Networking

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