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Course on Introduction to Bioinformatics

This year CRAG offers for first time the "Course on Introduction to Bioinformatics". The aim of this course is to provide to the participants the basic tools and the knowledge to deal with bioinformatics in scientific research.

This course is part of the training activities that CRAG aims to offer to its PhD students, but it is also conceived as a course that could be attended by external personnel. However, as part of the PhD program, the first edition of this course is primarily addressed to current first-year PhD students (2014), for whom attendance is mandatory.

This is a hands-on course, so participants will be requested to bring a laptop. Teachers in this course will include an external bioinformatician and our bioinformatics personnel.

Goal:
Achieve a working knowledge on key common bioinformatics issues, providing the participants with the concepts and experience to confidently deal with their real-world research bioinformatics needs.
Achieve a working knowledge on key common bioinformatics issues, providing the participants the concepts and the experience to confidently deal with their real-world research bioinformatics needs.

Targeted to:
Researchers on most molecular biology fields with basic understanding of the most common biological sequence file formats.

Desired Prerequisites:
• Basic to medium knowledge of Linux or any other Unix-like environment.
• Knowledge of programming language basic general concepts (variables, conditionals, loops, subroutines…).
If you do not meet these requirements or want to recall these concepts, please attend the previous 1 day course session on 'Basics on Linux and Programming’ course'.

Required material:
• Participants must bring their own laptops. We will provide an Ubuntu Linux virtual machine image which will be used to run all the examples and exercises under a unified platform (assistance to properly run the virtual machine will be provided as well). The laptops must be powerful enough to run the Ubuntu virtual machine smoothly. Any reasonably modern laptop with at least 2 GB of RAM, a multi-core processor and about 80 GB of available Hard Disk space should be enough.

Format:
• Theoretical explanations focused on key concepts, practice will beis the major body of the course. Participants will be encouraged to propose practical exercises of general interest. NGS data handling examples will play an important role on several topics.

Duration:
• The 'Basics on Linux and Programming’ course' will be held one day before the ‘Introduction to Bioinformatics’ course starts and will take one day session (6h).
• The 'CRAG Course on ‘Introduction to Bioinformatics' will take 26 hours distributed over 4 days from Tuesday to Friday, in sessions of 2-3 hours (2-3 sessions per day).

Dates:
• November 10th (Monday): 'Basics on Linux and Programming’.
• November 11th to 14th: (Tuesday to Friday): ‘Introduction to Bioinformatics’.

Location:
• The course will be held on the Auditorium at the CRAG building.

Number of participants:
• We limit the number of participants to a maximum of 25 per course, in order to allow the maximum interaction with the instructors.