Next generation sequencing has become an essential tool in genetic and genomic analysis. It is increasingly important for experimental scientists to gain the bioinformatics skills required to assess and analyse the large volumes of sequencing data produced by next generation sequencers. This next generation sequencing bioinformatics course aims to equip participants with the essential informatics skills and knowledge required to begin analysing next generation sequencing data and carry out some of the most common types of analysis.

The course programme will cover the algorithmic theory and principles of bioinformatics, with a strong focus on practical computational sessions using sequence analysis techniques and tools applicable to any species or genome size. Accompanying the lecture and practical sessions will be a series of seminars by invited speakers, who will highlight their ground-breaking work in applications of next generation sequencing.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, participants can expect to have acquired:

  • A working knowledge of the unix command-line and writing basic shell scripts for automating bioinformatics tasks
  • Knowledge of how to do QC assessment of high throughput sequencing data
  • Understanding of the algorithmic concepts behind short read alignment and variant calling, and practical experience using the software
  • Experience analysing RNA-Seq and CHiP-seq data for measuring abundance
  • Knowledge of the organisation and sequencing data types available in public sequencing repositories

Please note: The practical sessions will be taught exclusively through Unix/Linux. Therefore, participants are required to have some previous exposure of using the Linux operating system. This will be essential for participants to fully benefit from the course. The course aims to provide a hands-on introduction to bioinformatics for next generation sequencing, and should not be considered a complete education in the theoretical and mathematical foundations of the topics. This course is aimed at applicants solely interested in analysis of NGS data. Applicants interested in practical, laboratory-based training in NGS technologies and methodologies should consider our Next Generation Sequencing lab course. Details of the 2017 lab course can be found here and is next scheduled for April 2018. Email us for updates.

Feedback from the 2016 Next Generation Sequencing Bioinformatics course

  • Excellent course, highly recommended to anyone interested in bioinformatics whether they have some knowledge or want to start analysing their own data. Wonderful instructors and selection of participants and instructors. Very thankful that the opportunity was given to me.
  • I enjoied the course very much. I am going to use many of the techniques that I have learned in my research.
  • I would like to thank everyone involved in organization of the course! Well done! And I wish you keep it at the same great level and spread knowledge in this friendly atmosphere.
  • Thank you so much for the wonderful week, it opened a new world for me.
  • Thank you so much for everything! It was a life changing experience for me!
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