BadgerConnect 2022

Twenty-five research services with nine industry partners were joined by over 80 researchers at the fifth BadgerConnect Research Services Fair on November 9th, 2022. The free half-day in-person event featured a talk on automating cell type classification by leveraging transcriptomic big data by Dr. Colin Dewey, followed by discussion with a panel of six service cores that work together in managing and supporting big data and data pipelines. The afternoon continued with six workshops and culminated with a networking reception. In addition, multiple pre-recorded core flashtalks and tutorials were posted before, during, and after the event.

Please scroll down for an interactive agenda with links to recordings of the live session, links to the pre-recorded flashtalks and tutorial videos, and more…

Hosted by UW Carbone, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and the UW Biotechnology Center.

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For registering and attending BadgerConnect, you will be entered in a Prize Drawing that will occur at the Networking Reception!

Congratulations to our Registered Attendee Prize Drawing Winner, Ting Zhou!


And congratulations to our Bingo Activity Prize Drawing Winner, Md Ehsanul Kabir!

Each prize winner received a voucher good for services (up to $200) at any one of the BadgerConnect 2022 participating Research Services.

Key Themes

Discuss projects with UW life science research services


Learn about cutting-edge technologies and the latest products provided by the services and their industry partners

Discover how your colleagues’ research has been supported by UW research services


BadgerConnect 2022 Agenda

Links to Recordings of the Live Sessions are included in the Interactive Agenda below.

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11:30 - 12:00 pm Registration/Networking/Lunch

Registration table and networking at booths open at 11:30am. Lunch also begins at 11:30!

12:00 - 12:45 pm Welcome, Invited Research Talk, Lunch in Room 1335 HSLC

Welcome opener by Charles (Chuck) Konsitzke, UW Biotechnology Center

Invited Research Talk: Dr. Colin Dewey presents “Automating cell type classification by leveraging transcriptomic big data” –       Classifying cells by cell type is a central task in the analysis of single cell RNA-seq data. We have recently developed CellO, a software tool that automates this task with machine learning classifiers trained on thousands of public RNA-seq samples in the Sequence Read Archive.

Lunch with GF and VEG options will be provided during this session and the Panel Discussion that follows.

Live Recording

12:45 - 12:55 pm Break

10-minute Break and Networking

12:55 - 1:45 pm Panel Discussion in Room 1335 HSLC

Managing and Supporting Big Data and Data Pipelines

Data generated by researchers using cores is increasing in complexity and size exponentially. Representatives of 6 cores on campus will discuss the benefit of these types of data and some of the challenges, including analysis of these rich data sets, access, storage and transfer, and supporting researchers data analysis needs through education and/or providing analysis services. Time will be provided for Q&A from the audience, so please feel free to pose your questions and challenges to the panel.

Live Recording

1:45 - 2:00 pm Break

15-minute Break and Networking

2:00 - 2:30 pm Workshops Session I

Workshop Title Research Core Description Room Number Industry Partner Workshop Recording
Intro to the BioBank BioBank This workshop will introduce you to the what, how and why of using the services of the BioBank.

*Contact Everlyne Nkadori  for intro to BioBank
1222 *Sorry, no video available due to technical glitch 🙁
Sorting Made Easy: Using the Sony MA900 to sort your own samples on your schedule Flow Cytometry Laboratory with Sony Biotechnology Join us for an overview of how the highly automated Sony MA900 cell sorter is uniquely designed for end-user independent operation allowing for flexibility for sorting samples on your timeline. 1229 Live Recording
Exploring Key Applications of Highly Accurate Long Read Sequencing DNA Sequencing Core with Pacific Biosciences Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has long been an extremely powerful tool for research and held extensive promise for clinical applications. That said, there are inherent limitations to technologies that produce short and/or low quality NGS reads. We’ll touch on technologies used to produce high quality, multi-kilo base sequences then discuss some key and emerging applications for NGS that are uniquely enabled through analysis thereof. 1244 Live Recording


2:30 - 2:45 pm Break

15-minute Break and Networking

2:45 - 3:15 pm Workshops Session II

Workshop Title Research Core Description Room Number Industry Partner Workshop Recording
Intro to High Throughput Screening (HTS)


Small Molecule Screening Facility with MedChemExpress Preparing for screening a library of FDA-approved compounds to start an academic drug development research project.

*Contact Gene Ananiev for intro to HTS
1222 * Sorry, no video available due to technical glitch 🙁
Flow Cytometry Data Analysis Workflow using FCS Express Flow Cytometry Laboratory A brief overview of FCS Express flow cytometry data analysis software and its capabilities. FCS Express is uniquely designed to provide workflows in one platform from data analysis to table, figure, and report generation for simple to complex cytometry data sets. 1229 Live Recording
Curing Genome Writer’s Block Advanced Genome Editing Laboratory Join us for an overview of genetic tools to advance your research. 1244 Live Recording

3:15 - 4:30 pm Networking Reception

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with research cores and their industry partners. Light refreshments (GF and VEG options) and drinks will be provided.

Pre-Recorded Content



Instructional videos for specific services / technology by two cores that were released before event day!

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How to transfer large data sets using Globus

Tutorial Video

Globus is a web-based platform for research that supports secure data sharing, big data transfers, and data lifecycle automation. Campus has licensed this platform for sharing and transferring research data between endpoints installed on disparate storage systems.


Optimal Embedding for Cryosectioning Success

Tutorial Video

This short tutorial by the Experimental Animal Pathology Lab will demonstrate how to optimally orient tissues in cryomolds.


Core Flashtalks


Fifteen core facilities participated with short video overviews of their core and how they serve research. Link to our core flashtalks library below!


Video Library

Thankyou to Our Sponsoring Industry Partners!

Highlights from 2021

Over 60 researchers attended the fourth annual BadgerConnect Research Services Fair on November 18, 2021. Researchers joined us in person for a research talk by Dr. Sean Ronnekleiv-Kelly on Circadian Disruption in Pancreatic Cancer, a panel discussion by research cores used in his research, 4 workshops, and culminated in a networking reception. Core Flashtalks and Tutorials were posted online pre, during, and post-meeting. Here are some fun facts from the 2021 BadgerConnect event:

  • We were able to return to an in person event this year! We did record all the in person forums, and they are all posted on the BadgerConnect 2021 Webpage for viewing.
  • 26 research cores and 8 industry partners participated in BadgerConnect 2021.
  • 6 cores participated in the panel discussion
  • 88% of survey respondents said they would attend the event again in the future, 76% said they learned something new at the event, and many said they would use a service as a result of information they learned at BadgerConnect
  • 10-15 people attended each workshop
Hosted by UW Carbone, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health , and the UW Biotechnology Center.

For questions, email

To view highlights from last year’s event, please visit the BadgerConnect 2021 page.