Welcome to MBL STAMPS!

Course Information

2021: No in person course for 2021
2022: Keep an eye out for dates!

Course Directors:
Mihai Pop (University of Maryland)
Tracy Teal (Dryad)

Financial Information:
Please see the MBL STAMPS course page for financial information.

What is STAMPS?

The STAMPS course (Strategies and Techniques for Analyzing Microbial Community Population Structures) takes places at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, USA each summer.

Current sequencing technologies enable highly comprehensive investigations of microbial communities. But the size of these datasets poses enormous computational challenges, and our ability to generate them has largely been outpacing our collective ability to manipulate and utilize them. The STAMPS course promotes dialogue and the exchange of ideas between experts in environmental and microbiome analysis and offers interdisciplinary bioinformatics and statistical training to practitioners of molecular microbial ecology and genomics.

The course is designed for established investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students from diverse biological fields. Topics to be covered include but are not limited to: acquisition and organization of next-generation sequence data; principles of quality control and data management; processing and analyzing marker-gene/amplicon data (such as 16S sequencing); assembly and annotation of shotgun metagenomic data; statistical models for estimating microbial diversity; and microbial community comparison methodology. The course additionally covers the basics for working in the Unix command-line and R statistical environments, but some prior experience with these is strongly recommended. Guided by developers of tools such as BreakAway, DivNet, GToTree, PhyloSeq, SourMash, and QIIME2, participants of the STAMPS course will have the opportunity to try various analysis techniques and discuss their own data and analyses with faculty.

2019 Course Faculty

Mihai Pop, University of Maryland
Tracy Teal, Dryad
Yana Bromberg, Rutgers University
Titus Brown, University of California, Davis
Ben Callahan, North Carolina State University
Susan Holmes, Stanford University
Adina Howe, Iowa State University
Rob Knight, University of California, San Diego
Mike Lee, NASA Ames Research Center
Christian Mueller, Simons Foundation
Todd Treangen, University of Maryland
Tandy Warnow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Amy Willis, University of Washington

Feel free to check out the schedule and lectures from last year located here!