Contributed by Darwin Bandoy, DVM
I participated in the 2018 ASM Conference on Rapid Applied Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines, September 23–26, 2018, in Tysons, Virginia and presented my work in the lab using next-generation sequencing of Campylobacter hyointestinalis. The most interesting talk for me, surprisingly, is the use of data analytics by the city of Chicago as they even have a chief data analytics officer. This is surprising because the conference is about next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics pipeline, however, I find the use of models to guide government decisions quite fascinating. Some of the applications of data modeling include predicting violations of food inspections and coliform count in beaches. Combining genomics data with modeling is powerful and can improve city services, which makes me think how can I integrate my data with models for practical applications.