Eukaryotic Genome Assembly: How to Use BlobToolKit for Quality Assessment

15 May–16 July 2023


How to Use BlobToolKit for Quality Assessment


Duration: 3 weeks, 3 hours per week

Free Certificate of Achievement available on satisfactory completion

Start Date: The course is run ‘live’ for 3 weeks from the start date above (i.e. until 4 June). Once this period is over there will be no live monitoring of the forums, but you can still join the course during the remaining period until 16 July.

Why join this course?
Gain practical skills in using the BlobToolKit to assess the quality of a eukaryotic genome assembly and improve your research.

Who is this course for?
This course is designed for those working with genome assembly. You may be a researcher or genome assembler or you could be working on other stages of genome sequencing pipelines wanting to understand the genome assembly assessment process. Students and early career researchers who want to develop their skills in genome assembly and its analysis will also benefit from this course.


Course start date

This course will start 15 May 2023

What will you cover?

  • Discover how genome sequencing is moving beyond humans and model organisms
  • Interpret the visual representations of genomes from samples containing multiple organisms
  • Learn how to clean a genome assembly
  • Develop practical skills in genome sequencing

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Use BlobToolKit to assess the quality of genome assemblies
  • Interpret different visual representations of genome assemblies
  • Describe how to set up and interpret a new genome assembly
  • Evaluate existing genome assemblies which have been shared by using the public BlobToolKit server
  • Identify organisms / symbionts / contaminants using GC-coverage plots


Educators and Developers

Lead educators:

Sujai Kumar – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Alice Dennis – University of Namur, Belgium
Slimane Khayi – INRA, Morocco
Abdoallah Sharaf – SequAna, Ukon
Yves Hermandez Tchiechoua – Kenya
Rachel Berkson – Wellcome Connecting Science

Course developer:

Dusanka Nikolic
Senior Education Developer at Wellcome Connecting Science

What's included

Wellcome Connecting Science is offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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