(POSTPONED) Functional Genomics Workshop Summer 2020


(POSTPONED)  Practical Summer Workshop in Functional Genomics


In consideration of the current public health situation with the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic, the CAPS Functional Genomics Workshop has been postponed until May/June of 2021. The health and well-being of our communities must be our highest priority.

Thank you for your understanding. Please stay well, and we hope to see you next year.


Focus on Plant-Microbe Interactions

May/June, 2021

The Ohio State University, Center for Applied Plant Sciences

Columbus, Ohio USA


This workshop includes daily lectures by distinguished speakers with expertise in metabolomics, high throughput sequencing, functional genomics, and fluorescent imaging. Along with seminar attendance, participants will spend time gaining hands-on laboratory experience with modules led by Ohio State faculty members Jessica Cooperstone, Jonathan Jacobs, Dave Mackey, and Jason Slot and CAPS bioinformatics specialist – Mike Sovic.

Advanced undergraduate students, master’s students, and new Ph.D. students are encouraged to apply for the workshop.



Now Accepting Applications

2020 Modules:

1. Identification of virulence genes of plant-pathogenic bacteria using Tn-Seq (Dr. David Mackey)

2. Visualization of plant pathogenesis (Dr. Jonathan Jacobs)

3. Investigating the phytobiome with nanopore sequencing (Dr. Jason Slot)

 4. Plant Metabolomics (Dr. Jessica Cooperstone


Confirmed Speakers :

    Date Speaker Affiliation 
    Monday, June 1, 2020

Dr. Cara Haney   

 University of British Columbia          

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dr. Gitta Coaker

 University of California, Davis 

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 

 Dr. Robert Hall   

    Wageningen University     

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dr. Linda Kinkel   

 University of Minnesota     

    Friday, June 5, 2020

Dr. Douglas Zook    

University of Massachusetts, Boston  

    Monday, June 8, 2020

Dr. Johan Leveau   

University of California, Davis      

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Dr. Devin Coleman-Derr 

University of California, Berkeley   

    Wednesday, June 10, 2020 

Dr. Asaph Aharoni 

Weitzmann Institute of Science  

    Thursday, June 11, 2020

Dr. Mark Mandel   

University of Wisconsin, Madison  


Cost (includes lodging, breakfasts, lunches, and events): 

            $2,000 single occupancy, or

            $1500 shared (double) occupancy


Travel is not included in the registration cost.

Financial aid is available to help offset the cost of tuition.

A laptop computer is required for the workshop.

In the application we are asking for:

  • Your contact information
  • A personal statement of (500 words or less)
  • A statement of need for scholarship (250 words or less, optional)
  • Recent CV/Resume

The planning committee will begin reviewing applications on February 15, 2020, and will notify applicants of the decisions on March 1, 2020.


Now Accepting Applications

Did you receive your acceptance and are looking to secure your spot? Use the instructions below to submit your payment for the event! Payments can be made by credit card or check.


Payment by Credit Card:
If you are a new user, sign-up to place your invoice and make a payment. This is a multi-step process.

  1. Go to this website:
    1. https://abrc.osu.edu/users/sign_up
  2. You will need to add in your information and click “sign up”. 
  3. Next, you’ll need to login to your email to confirm your email address and create your account. 
  4. Once you do this step, you can log-in and add your personal information. You must provide the following information before you can pay your invoice.
    1. Your job title – select undergraduate or graduate student
    2. Your telephone number
    3. Your billing addresses
    4. Your shipping address in your native language if you are located in China
    5. Your school/organization
    6. Your PI to pay the invoice: Jessica Weitthoff
  5. If you are a returning user
    1. Your username will be your email address
    2. Reset your password
    3. Complete your personal information
    4. Find your invoice under the “Account Information” tab and pay using a credit card

Payment by Check:

Make check payable to:
“The Ohio State University Center for Applied Plant Sciences”
“FGW 2020”
Mail to:
David Spisak
The Ohio State University Center for Applied Plant Sciences
1060 Carmack Road, 012 Rightmire Hall
Columbus, OH 43210 USA

If you have any questions for the payment process, please email caps@osu.edu

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