Exclusive New Food Genomics Interactive Masterclass

Genomics Unplugged: Transforming the Food Industry One Gene at a Time

Our highly anticipated interactive masterclass on unlocking the power of genomics for the food and beverage sector is making its debut this October in London, (taking place alongside New Food’s annual Food Integrity Global Conference and the Apples Awards & Dinner).

If you are ready to explore the practical potential of agrigenomics and nutritional genomics, this one-of-a-kind in-person masterclass will take you beyond the theory and provide you with real-world case studies and application best practices.


This is not an ordinary or ‘same old’ boring educational session! That’s right, no more theory and ad nauseam talking about the power of genomics – attend this masterclass to unlock the how. Bring your laptop and join your masterclass leaders from the Quadram Institute, University of Bath and Queen’s University Belfast as they teach you how to sequence a genome in real time, using the same tools used to track and trace outbreaks. This unique and exclusive opportunity only has 30 places left so make sure you book your place today and stay ahead of the curve!  

5 Reasons Why You
Must Attend This Masterclass

1. Unleash the power of genomics for your food and beverage ingredients, products and brands
In today’s competitive food industry, staying ahead of the curve of the latest trends is crucial. Genomics has emerged as a groundbreaking force, and understanding its applications can revolutionise your future strategy. Our masterclass will deep dive deep into how genomics is transforming the food sector, offering you unique insights into case examples, new opportunities and potential partnerships.

2. From farm to fork: genomics in the supply chain
Our masterclass will focus on the genomic connection from the raw produce and ingredients to the consumer, providing you with invaluable knowledge and best practices about crop breeding, food safety, and traceability. Armed with this information, you can make informed decisions that enhance the reliability and transparency of your supply chain.

3. Exclusive hands-on interactivity: sequence a genome in real time!
We understand that practical insights are key to implementing genomic strategies and it is important to take this exciting trend beyond just the theory. That’s why this masterclass includes exclusive hands-on interactivity. Your masterclass leaders from the Quadram Institute will teach you how to sequence a genome in real time, using the same tools used to track and trace outbreaks. Learn how to leverage genomics to extract valuable information from food products, equipping you with the tools to make data-driven decisions.

4. Take-home resources for continued growth
We value your commitment to this growing topic, and to show our appreciation, all masterclass participants will receive exclusive take-home materials and resources. These resources will serve as a valuable reference as you continue your journey into the world of genomics in food.

5. Network with industry leaders and innovators
At this masterclass, you’ll have the exclusive chance to network with industry leaders and innovators in the field of genomics and food technology. Engage in meaningful conversations, discuss market trends, and explore potential collaborations that can elevate your genomics strategy to new heights.


• Why is genomics an important topic for the future of food (why do we even care!)
• Enhancing microbial detection using advanced genomic techniques in conjunction with existing screening technologies

• It’s always about the data: unlocking next generation genome sequencing [INTERACTIVE SESSION!]

• Effectively interpreting and analysing genome sequencing data to control contamination and enhance microbial detection

• Combining genomics and interactive bioinformatic tools

• Examining the role of genomics in nutrition and personalisation


Date: Monday 16 October 2023
Time: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM (UK Time)
Format: In-person, interactive, hands-on masterclass
Venue: Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington, London, UK
Taking place alongside New Food’s annual Food Integrity Global Conference & the Apples Awards & Dinner

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Registration and interactive networking buffet lunch
Enjoy a hot buffet lunch as we welcome you to the exclusive New Food Genomics Interactive Masterclass at Food Integrity Global 2023.

12:30 PM – 12:35 PM
Welcome to the New Food Genomics Interactive Masterclass 
With Joshua Minchin, Editor of New Food

12:35 PM 1:00 PM
Opening address: Genomics in food: who cares?
Mashal Alawi, Business Unit Cluster Manager, Eurofins Genomics Europe Shared Services

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Understanding and acting on food safety risks using genomics
Dr Matthew Gilmour, Group Leader, The Quadram Institute

What You Will Learn
Genomics can provide an impressive depth of information on the microbes’ present food production settings – including pathogens, spoilage organisms, and other environmental microbes. It is important that food businesses are given the opportunity to: engage on the use of genomics and trial these technologies in conjunction with existing screening procedures, to learn about the nature of the microbes present in production settings, and to be able to then use this information to act on microbial risks, if present. This session will draw upon insights from recent collaborative studies with food businesses on how to practically use genomics to benefit the safety of foods they produce.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
INTERACTIVE SESSION: Producing genomics data: Understanding the process
Dr. Gemma Langridge, Group Leader, The Quadram Institute

What You Will Learn
With expert guidance from your masterclass leaders learn how to sequence a genome in real time. The data behind genomics comes from genome sequencing, and these can be generated in different ways depending on the scientific question. In this session, these differences will be explored using real-life examples and hands-on activities, demonstrating key points in the sequencing process and the effect upon results. Participants are required to bring a laptop to this session.

3:00 PM – 3.30 PM
Networking coffee break and speed networking session
A quick fire networking session to ensure you get the chance to meet all of the participants and make new connections with fellow colleagues driving forward the role of genomics within the food sector!

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Inferences from genomics data: How do we turn sequencing data into actions and interventions?Dr Lauren Cowley, Lecturer Department of Life Sciences, University of Bath

What You Will Learn
Ultimately, sequencing data can inform key decisions in food production and public health. Once information about microbes present in the food chain has been discerned from sequencing data, can we use that information to link to outbreaks, international importation of pathogens or long-term contamination? We will use toy datasets to explore how to conduct these styles of analysis using interactive bioinformatics tools.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Genomics, food safety, and nutrition: What’s the link?
Professor Gary Hardiman, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast

What You Will Learn
In this closing session, professor Hardiman will examine the link between genomics, food safety and nutrition as well as how personalisation in nutrition is changing the future of how food will be considered and consumed. He will explore topics such as will genomics signal the end of food shortages and fix our ever diminishing resources and supply chain? 

If you have a burning question that you would like professor Hardiman to address – send it to us in advance at [email protected].

5:00 PM – 5.30 PM
Networking refreshments
You’ve done it! Relax and unwind with a light refreshment and congratulate yourself in taking part in this exciting and much awaited interactive genomics masterclass!

Masterclass Experts

Matt GilmourMatthew Gilmour, Group Leader, Quadram Institute

Dr Gilmour is the Group Leader in the ‘Microbes in the Food Chain’ programme at the Quadram Institute Bioscience, where he is interested in understanding the microbial traits of Listeria that contribute to its significant risk as a foodborne contaminant and then invasive human pathogen.

Further, as a bacteriologist with a specialisation in phylogenetics, he wants to get a full view of the microbial populations that present as food hazards and then determine how they evolve together and can cause human illness.

From what has been learned on the adaptation of Listeria using genomic technologies, Matthew is also interested in using metagenomic platforms to better detect other invasive pathogens in both food safety and health settings.

These questions expand on his previous work, where he was one of the pioneers in using bacterial genomics to study outbreaks, including the large Canadian listeriosis outbreak in 2008 and then the Haitian cholera outbreak of 2010. These scientific and leadership accomplishments were recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Beyond scientific discovery, he is a strong proponent of the power of multi-disciplinary collaborations to drive scientific innovation. In his previous role as Scientific Director General of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory, Matthew co-chaired both national and international public health networks that implemented genomics technologies into health systems.

Also in Canada, he was a board-certified Clinical Microbiologist and the hospital’s laboratory lead for Infection Prevention & Control. This interest was born from his PhD training at the University of Alberta under the mentorship of Dr. Diane Taylor, where he studied the genomics and cell biology of conjugative bacterial plasmids that carried antibiotic resistance traits. This thesis work was awarded the Izaak Killam Memorial Scholarship, the Canadian Society of Microbiologist’s Graduate Student Microbiologist of the Year Award, and the Governor General’s Gold Medal.

Dr Gemma Langridge, Group Leader, Quadram Institute

Dr Langdrige is a highly accomplished researcher with a profound interest in comparative genomics, transposon mutagenesis, and metabolic reconstruction methods, which she utilizes to unravel the impact of genetic mutations on bacterial niche adaptation.

She kick-started her academic journey by completing her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the prestigious University of Oxford. Eager to delve deeper into the fascinating world of genomics, she pursued her PhD at the renowned Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. During this period, Gemma expertly employed experimental and bioinformatic approaches to investigate the metabolic capacity of closely related salmonellae. As part of a pioneering team, she played a crucial role in developing transposon directed insertion-site sequencing (TraDIS), which was employed to examine the essential gene set of Salmonella Typhi under various laboratory conditions, including the presence of bile. This laid the foundation for her subsequent involvement in a wide array of projects utilizing TraDIS in several bacterial species, including E. coli, Salmonella, C. difficile, Bordetella, Pseudomonas, and Staphylococcus.

In 2016, Gemma made a significant move to the University of East Anglia (UEA), where her focus shifted towards exploring the genetics of the non-aureus staphylococci, with a particular emphasis on their biofilm forming ability. Alongside this research, she undertook an extensive large-scale screen aimed at identifying antibiotic resistance determinants across a collection of over 400 non-aureus strains. Gemma’s dedication and contributions to the field of genetics caught the attention of the Quadram Institute, where she took up a position in late 2018.

Throughout her career, Gemma’s passion for genomics and her innovative approach to research have allowed her to make significant contributions to the understanding of bacterial niche adaptation and antibiotic resistance. Her work continues to shape the landscape of genomics research in the field of biological sciences.

Key Publications

Djeghout B, Saha S, Sajib MSI, Tanmoy AM, Islam M, Kay GL, Langridge GC, Endtz H, Wain J and Saha S (2018). Ceftriaxone-resistant Salmonella Typhi carries an IncI1-ST31 plasmid encoding CTX-M-15. J Med Micro 67: 620-627. 2. https://doi.org/10.1099/jmm.0.000727 

Langridge GC, et al (2015). Patterns of genome evolution that have accompanied host adaptation in Salmonella. Proc Natl Acad Sci 112 (3): 863-868. 3. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1416707112 

Barquist L, Langridge GC, et al (2013). A comparison of dense transposon insertion libraries in the Salmonella serovars Typhi and Typhimurium. Nucl Acid Res 41 (8): 4549-4564. 4. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkt148 

Fookes M, Schroeder GN, Langridge GC, et al (2011). Salmonella bongori provides insights into the evolution of the salmonellae. PLoS Pathog 7(8): e1002191. 5. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1002191 

Langridge GC et al (2009). Simultaneous assay of every Salmonella Typhi gene using one million transposon mutants. Genome Res 19: 2308-2316. https://doi.org/10.1101/gr.097097.109 

Recent Publications

Dr Lauren Cowley, Lecturer Department of Life Sciences, University of Bath

Dr Cowley is a lecturer in microbial genomics and bioinformatics in the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath. Lauren joined the university as a prize fellow of bioinformatics in 2018 and progressed to lecturer in 2022. Lauren’s background is in public health and genomic epidemiology. 

She has worked on several international outbreaks, including implementing real-time genomic surveillance during the West Africa Ebola outbreak and working as an embedded scientist on the COVID-19 Taskforce in the UK Cabinet Office. She also previously worked at Public Health England (now UKHSA) in the Gastrointestinal Bacteria Reference Unit. Her research centres around genomic epidemiology, GWAS and machine learning for microbial genomics. She also uses human mobility data from social media services to investigate disease transmission internationally.

Gary HardimanProfessor Gary Hardiman, Chair in Food Systems Biology at Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Hardiman is an experienced Senior Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in biotech and higher education. Strong educational professional skilled in Systems Biology, Environmental Awareness, Biotechnology, Cancer Research, and Life Sciences.

Research Interests:
The Hardiman laboratory works in the field of systems biology the objective of which is the study of biological systems, including genes, RNAs, proteins, metabolites, and cells in a focused manner, and organs, organisms, and populations in a broader context.

Areas of research focus include:

  • Studying the effects of man-made contaminants (e.g. microplastics, persistent organic pollutants, xenobiotics) on marine and human health
  • Studying prostate cancer in the context of racial differences and nutritional deficiency
  • Examining the impacts of long term space travel – specifically the effects of nutrition, torpor, space radiation, and microgravity on hepatic and intestinal biology
  • Developing a rat model of opioid abuse to better understand the biological basis for substance abuse disorders and advance the development of preventive strategies and more efficacious treatments
  • Developing a robust toolkit for better integration of Omics data sets into genotype-phenotype predictions.



This masterclass is an exclusive interactive session and places are limited. We encourage you to secure yours promptly to avoid disappointment. Not sure which ticket type to book or do you have more questions before you register – contact Heather Brown here or call her on +44 1959 563311 and she will be happy to guide you!






Ticket includes: 

✅ Full masterclass access
✅ Access to masterclass speakers in-person
✅ Technical sessions
✅ Network with industry experts
✅ Lunch and refreshments
✅ Event networking App
❌ Food Integrity Global conference access
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