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Course Calendar

February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

We have a calendar for the basic blocks:

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Course Organization

February 10, 2012 1 comment

After some discussion about how we should organize the blocks, we would like to let the attendant join the specific block that they are interested in. Nevertheless, perhaps you want to learn how you can analyze RNAseq but you are not interested in learning Linux. Well, that can be a problem, because you will probably need a lot of tools that need to be used as linux command lines. So we have divided the blocks (Core Section and Optional Section) into required, strongly recommended, recommended and optional:

* Required:
– Block 1: Introduction to Bioinformatics.
– Block 3: Basic Linux.

* Strongly recommended:
– Block 2: Web Tools.
– Block 4: Basic Databases and SQL

* Recommended:
– Block 5: Basic R.
– Block 6: Basic Perl.

* Optional (depending of the demand):
– Block 7: Genomics, from sequences to annotated genomes.
– Block 8: Transcriptomics, RNAseq, beyond just counting sequences.
– Block 9: Phylogenetic and comparative genomics.

The classes will be at the Atrium, generally Mondays from 1.00 to 4.00 pm (1 h. lecture, 1 h. exercises and 1 h extra hour if more time is needed for exercises). Some blocks may be given in one session, while other may require two sessions. For space reasons, only 24 people will be able to attend the course. If you are interested in the course but are unable to come, we can organize another course in the future. Meanwhile you can register with the blocks that you want to attend in this poll.

Note (Feb 10, 2012): All the seats have been covered. Thanks !!!
Any form submitted after this date will be consider for future courses

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1st BTI Bioinformatics Course: An Overview.

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

We are living massive data times, and science is not different. New sequencing technologies are filling hard disks with terabytes of information, billion of sequences that need to be analyzed in a proper way. But not only sequence data is growing, gene expression or metabolites concentrations are analyzed by hundred or thousands, in a way that makes difficult, if not impossible, the use of simple tools such as Excell. Bioinformatic skills are needed, not only for computational biologist, they are needed also for biologists and biochemists that are analyzing more than one gene, protein or metabolite at the same time.

Under this perspective, we have decided to expand the bioinformatic knowledge between the postdoc community at Boyce Thompson Institute through this course. We pretend to keep it as simple as we can, with just one idea: “Show useful tools to resolve common problems find during the omics data analysis”. For example, if I have two list of hundred of genes, how can I combine them and find the common ones, or how can I analyze GO terms for my over-expressed genes, or how can download a chromosome region using Gbrowse or… there are dozens of examples.

Finally, Why a blog ? Well, it is easy to put everything together, not only presentations and exercises, also ideas and comments.

Hope that you enjoy it,


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