Making Sense Out of Microbiome Data – The Importance of Standards



With the undeniable variability in next-generation sequencing data, it is essential that standards are incorporated at each stage of the workflow—from sample collection to data analysis. That’s why ATCC is committed to providing the authenticated microbiome standards and data analysis solutions needed to produce reliable and reproducible results. In this webinar, we will provide an overview on the current challenges in microbiome research and will demonstrate the application of mock microbial communities in assay development and standardization.

Key Points:
  • Optimization at each step of the analytical process is essential to the validity and reproducibility of experimental data.
  • The consistent use of controls during each step of a workflow allows users to understand where biases are introduced.
  • ATCC has developed a wide range of fully sequenced and quantitative mock microbial communities that support the development and optimization of microbiome research workflows.


Briana Benton, BS

Briana Benton, BS,
Technical Manager, ATCC

Briana Benton is the Technical Manager for ATCC’s Sequencing and Bioinformatics Center (SBC) and is a key member leading the development of the ATCC Genome Portal. She is currently responsible for the next-generation sequencing (NGS) of the various collections within ATCC. During her time with ATCC, she has developed numerous microbiome standards, as well as molecular assays for the authentication of infectious viral and bacterial pathogens. Prior to joining ATCC, she developed molecular diagnostic assays for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.