Bioinformatics Tools & Tricks: Hands-On Tutorial for Biologists

Do you want to learn how to analyze large gene lists using free web resources? Visualize functional modules among genes? Extract protein-interaction networks involving specific proteins or genetic diseases? Identify DNA regions associated with a disease? Find protein-DNA binding sites and motifs? We will show you how to accomplish these and many other common analysis tasks within minutes, using popular free bioinformatics and statistical software.

Each hands-on tutorial will present a sequence of analysis steps: from choosing the right tools, to analyzing the data, to making publication-quality figures. We will pay particular attention to common pitfalls in using bioinformatics software and web resources. No prior knowledge of computer programming, statistics or machine learning is required – all necessary concepts will be introduced during the tutorial.


Fall 2018:

Date Time Room Topic
Tues Sep 11 12:15 – 1:30PM Event 2A Protein interaction networks and resouces
Tues Sep 18 12:15 – 1:30PM Multimedia Room Visual analysis of networks in Cytoscape
Tues Sep 25 12:15 – 1:30PM Multimedia Room Gene Ontology and enrichment analysis
Tues Oct 2 12:15 – 1:30PM Event 2A/2B Introduction to R programming
Tues Oct 9 12:15 – 1:30PM Event 1 Exploratory data analysis and visualization in R
Tues Oct 16 — No tutorials due to ASHG conference —
Tues Oct 23 11:45AM – 1:00PM Multimedia Room Advanced analysis and predictive models in R
Tues Oct 30 12:15 – 1:30PM Multimedia Room Introduction to Next-Generation Sequencing
Tues Nov 6 12:15 – 1:30PM Multimedia Room Next-Generation Sequencing data resources
Tues Nov 13 12:15 – 1:30PM Event 2A/2B Analysis of Next-Generation Sequencing data
Tues Nov 20 12:15 – 1:30PM Multimedia Room Genomics in R – genes, regions, variants
Tues Nov 27 12:15 – 1:30 PM Multimedia Room Analysis of RNA-seq data


We encourage you to bring your laptop to explore sample datasets under our guidance

  • Bring your own lunch