#UCDavis Summer Bioinformatics Workshops — Registration is Open!

Registration is Open for the 2015 Bioinformatics Summer Workshops!

Now in its 8th year, the UC Davis Bioinformatics Training Program will be holding two week-long workshops this summer:

June 15-19, 2015: Using Command Line for Analysis of High Throughput Sequence Data

Sept 14-18, 2015: Using Galaxy for Analysis of High Throughput Sequence Data

These workshops will be held on the UC Davis campus and will run from 9am to 5pm on the dates indicated.


Both workshops will cover modern high throughput sequencing technologies, applications, and ancillary topics, including:

  • Illumina HiSeq / MiSeq, and PacBio RS technologies

  • Read Quality Assessment & Improvement

  • Genome assembly

  • SNP, indel, and CNV discovery

  • RNA-Seq differential expression analysis

  • Experimental design

  • Hardware and software considerations

  • Cloud Computing

Each workshop will include a rich collection of lectures and hands-on sessions, covering both theory and tools. We will explore the basics of several high throughput sequencing technologies, focusing on Illumina and PacBio data for hands-on exercises. Participants will explore software and protocols, create and modify workflows, and diagnose/treat problematic data. Both workshops will utilize computing power of the Amazon Cloud (http://aws.amazon.com/),

In June, exercises will be performed using the Linux command line. Therefore, for this workshop, it is strongly recommended that participants should also have basic familiarity with the Linux/Unix (or Mac) command line.

In September, workshop exercises will be performed using the popular Galaxy platform (http://usegalaxy.org) which allows for powerful web-based data analyses. There are no prerequisites other than basic familiarity with genomic concepts.

Who Should Attend

Prior course participants have included faculty, post docs, grad students, staff, and industry researchers. Anyone with an interest in sequence analysis is welcome!

Registration Info

Attendance is limited to 36 participants per workshop in order to foster an effective learning environment and ensure sufficient one-on-one attention. Course tuition is $1,500 for academic or non-profit participants and $1,800 for other participants. Amazon has kindly provided grants of $100 per participant for Amazon Web Services accounts. This will allow you to perform analysis during and after the course using Amazon’s resources, without purchasing your own high performance computing servers!

To register, click on the links above or go to training.bioinformatics.ucdavis.edu/. All registration is “first-come, first-served”. There is no application process. We accept credit cards, as well as UC recharge accounts, for payment. Registration fees include light breakfast, lunch, and snacks, but do not include dinner, lodging or parking fees.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

  • Core email: bioinformatics.core
  • Core main telephone line: 530-752-2698

See you this summer!

The UC Davis Bioinformatics Core Team



Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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