This week, our online bioinformatics training program in Next Generation Sequencing Analysis came to an end. Participants with different backgrounds attended weekly sessions, connecting from different places around the globe to get hands-on training in processing, analysis and interpretation of Next Generation Sequencing RNA-Seq data. The program was conducted via distance learning methodology, combining online courses with regular online workshops.
We started off with an introductory class about the nature of RNA-seq NGS data, also known as “shotgun sequencing technology” that prepares short length sequences or “reads” from isolated RNA. As the program continued, participants were exposed to various concepts of Bioinformatics and Biomedical Data Science, which included the processing of NGS data, exploratory data analysis, gene expression analysis, supervised and unsupervised data mining as well as interpretation through database annotation.
Soon after the online lectures were over, participants completed the online courses developed to prepare biologists for in-depth data analysis. These online courses on Transcriptomics cover processing raw sequence files and converting them to a table of expression (Transcriptomics 1), applying statistical methods and visualizing multi-dimensional datasets (Transcriptomics 2) as well as utilizing supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques for data analysis and extraction of biologically meaningful signals from noisy data (Transcriptomics 3).
Throughout the course, we tracked participation of each student making sure that we were available for any questions and clarification. It was a great experience for us and we are happy to see that it is also true for program participants.
Let’s have a look to what our participants have to say:
“This course was great for me as I was hoping to refresh my basics of bioinformatics and learn new concepts in-depth. In addition, the lectures and hands-on training were very interesting and informative. The structure of the class allowed excellent back-and-forth among the students and Elia. Sahil did a great job managing the course. Pine Biotech’s platform is very comprehensive and intuitive. This course is a good starting point for someone trying to understand the field of bioinformatics or refresh their knowledge.”
Kritika Khurana, MS Biotechnology program from Georgetown University
“I’m a Data Enthusiast and I joined the course because I wanted to have a hands on experience dealing with real world data. Though I do not have any background in biology, the concepts were well explained with links to lot of informative videos. The modules were well organised with detailed explanations for the logic behind the pipelines. Every Time I was stuck, my queries were answered immediately. Great support staff. It was rewarding experience and I am hoping to apply the acquired skills in a real-world project and see how well I understand the concepts.”
Pooja Yalala, Graduate Student at University of Nebraska, Omaha
Some of the participants are continuing to work on a real world projects we made available to this cohort. You can see examples of such projects here: https://edu.t-bio.info/projects/
If this is a kind of training you might benefit from, don’t worry. We are about to launch another session of the OmicsLogic Training Program that will start in March, 2019. Stay tuned to get more updates about our upcoming events and the training program. If you would like to stay updated and pre-register for the upcoming training events, make sure to fill out the form below: