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Bioinformatics@HSL: BBT Workshop Descriptions

Descriptions of Basic Bioinformatics Tools Workshops

The Basic Bioinformatics Tools Forum series provides seminar and hands-on computer workshops on bioinformatics tools and resources to faculty, staff and students of UNC-Chapel Hill.  Class sessions are held at the Health Sciences Library in the Biogen-Idec Classroom (307; 3rd floor). For some classes, registrants have the option to attend online via Blackboard Collaborate.

Below are descriptions of workshops that have been regularly offered in past semesters.


UNIX for Biologists, Part 1: Introduction    Register

Time:  Wednesday, 10/12/2016, 9:30am - 11:30am

Instructor: Hemant Kelkar, Ph.D., UNC Center for Bioinformatics
Location: HSL 307

The ability to operate in a command line environment is becoming increasingly valuable in the genomics era. This workshop and the subsequent "UNIX for Biologists, Part 2: Killdevil" workshop are designed for experimental biologists who want to familiarize themselves with UNIX. This workshop will provide a very basic introduction to the UNIX operating system. Participants will learn how to login (software required/procedure) and interact with a UNIX server. We will cover basic UNIX system commands for interacting with the server and navigating the file system. We will learn about UNIX directory structure organization and file permissions.

Account Requirement: You will need an account on the “Killdevil” Linux cluster managed by ITS-Research Computing. Instructions for requesting a “Killdevil” account are available at this link: http://help.unc.edu/help/getting-started-on-killdevil/#P41_2630. Please submit your account request at least 3 days before class. It generally takes 24-48 hours for account creation.

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of UNIX is required. NOTE: For those unfamiliar with UNIX and Killdevil/UNC computer cluster usage, this class and UNIX for Biologists, Part 2: Killdevil (from this series or prior offerings) are prerequisites for the next generation sequencing classes that follows them in the BBT workshop series: "Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing Data and Quality Control" AND "Alignment of Next Generation Sequencing Data: Background and Practical Considerations."


UNIX for Biologists, Part 2: Killdevil    Register

Time:  Wednesday, 10/17/2016, 9:30am - 11:30am

Instructor: Hemant Kelkar, Ph.D., UNC Center for Bioinformatics
Location: HSL 307

The ability to operate in a command line environment is becoming increasingly valuable in the genomics era. This workshop and the earlier "UNIX for Biologists, Part 1: Introduction" workshop are designed for experimental biologists who want to familiarize themselves with UNIX. This workshop will introduce UNC-Chapel Hill resources available to bioscience researchers and will focus primarily on resources on the "Killdevil" compute cluster operated by UNC ITS-Research Computing. After a quick recap of basic file/folder operations used in a UNIX environment, we will cover how to move files between the server and a local computer. We will introduce the “Killdevil” compute cluster and the module-based software used for managing jobs on the cluster. Finally, participants will learn to use two basic bioinformatics tools (NCBI BLAST and UCSC BLAT) on the command line on the Killdevil cluster and how to access UNIX/Linux systems via a graphical user interface (X-Win32, XQuartz).

Account Requirement: You will need an account on the “Killdevil” Linux cluster managed by ITS-Research Computing. Instructions for requesting a “Killdevil” account are available at this link: http://help.unc.edu/help/getting-started-on-killdevil/#P41_2630. Please submit your account request at least 3 days before class. It generally takes 24-48 hours for account creation.

Prerequisites: It would be very helpful to attend UNIX for Biologists, Part 1: Introduction, if you are not familiar with UNIX. If you are somewhat familiar with UNIX then you could potentially skip attending Part 1.  NOTE: For those unfamiliar with UNIX and Killdevil/UNC computer cluster usage, this class and UNIX for Biologists, Part 1: Introduction (from this series or prior offerings) are prerequisites for the next generation sequencing classes that follows them in the BBT workshop series: "Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing Data and Quality Control" AND "Alignment of Next Generation Sequencing Data: Background and Practical Considerations."


Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing Data and Quality Control    

Time:  TBA

Instructor:  Tristan De Buysscher, Bioinformatics Scientist
Location: HSL 307

Genome wide analysis of gene expression has been a popular technique since the advent of microarrays. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology was applied for this purpose early in the life cycle and has since become one of the most popular uses of NGS. We will start with a general overview of NGS technologies and consider commonly used data formats. Because of time/space constraints, we will be using a small subset of sequences (derived from a real dataset). I will introduce FastQC which is a popular application used for quality control (QC) of NGS data. We will then take a look at examples of results from FastQC (aside from the one we will run on our test data). This will be followed by an overview of data scanning/trimming programs. These programs look for contaminating sequences (e.g. adapters) and can also trim data based on various other criteria.

Account Requirement: You will need an account on the “Killdevil” Linux cluster managed by ITS-Research Computing. Instructions for requesting a “Killdevil” account are available at this link: http://help.unc.edu/help/getting-started-on-killdevil/#P41_2630. Please submit your account request at least 3 days before class. It generally takes 24-48 hours for account creation.

Prerequisites: For those unfamiliar with UNIX and Killdevil/UNC computer cluster usage, UNIX for Biologists, Part 1 and UNIX for Biologists, Part 2 (from this series or prior offerings) are prerequisites for this class.


Alignment of Next Generation Sequencing Data: Background and Practical Considerations   

Time:  TBA

Instructor: Tristan De Buysscher, Bioinformatics Scientist
Location: HSL 307

Aligning short read sequencing data to a reference genome can be a computationally difficult problem. This class will discuss some of the issues and possible approaches to this problem. We will focus on the Burrows-Wheeler Transform class of tools (BWA, Bowtie/Tophat) with practical applications.

Account Requirement: You will need an account on the “Killdevil” Linux cluster managed by ITS-Research Computing. Instructions for requesting a “Killdevil” account are available at this link: http://help.unc.edu/help/getting-started-on-killdevil/#P41_2630. Please submit your account request at least 3 days before class. It generally takes 24-48 hours for account creation.

Prerequisites: For those unfamiliar with UNIX and Killdevil/UNC computer cluster usage, UNIX for Biologists, Part 1 and UNIX for Biologists, Part 2 (from this series or prior offerings) are prerequisites for this class.


Differential Expression Analysis of RNAseq Data

Time: TBA

Instructor: Tristan De Buysscher, Bioinformatics Scientist
Location: HSL 307  (Note: an online attendance option will be provided to waitlisted registrants)

RNAseq provides a snapshot of the transcription state of the cells from which RNA was harvested. One of the most common applications of this sequencing data is to look at changes in the transcriptome state between two or more conditions the cells were exposed to. We will discuss the various considerations in analyzing RNAseq data and run through a practical example using DESeq2."

Account Requirement: You will need an account on the “Killdevil” Linux cluster managed by ITS-Research Computing. Instructions for requesting a “Killdevil” account are available at this link: http://help.unc.edu/help/getting-started-on-killdevil/#P41_2630. Please submit your account request at least 3 days before class. It generally takes 24-48 hours for account creation.

Prerequisites: For those unfamiliar with UNIX and Killdevil/UNC computer cluster usage, UNIX for Biologists, Part 1 and UNIX for Biologists, Part 2 (from this series or prior offerings) are prerequisites for this class.


Introduction to the Protein Data Bank and Pymol  

Time: Not currently scheduled

Instructor: Brenda Temple, Ph.D., UNC Structural Bioinformatics Core Facility
Location: HSL 307 and online via Blackboard Collaborate

This workshop will introduce participants to the Protein Data Bank (PDB), a macromolecular structure database for crystallographic and NMR experimental structures, and to PyMOL, a molecular visualization system for rendering 3D structures.


Introduction to Clinical Genomics (NIH class via videoconferencing)

Time: Not currently scheduled

Instructor: Medha Bhagwat, Ph.D., NIH Library
Location: HSL 307

This class describes how to access information about genes and their variants associated with diseases and the impact of variants on drug response and dosing guidelines. The class also provides an introduction to determination of the impact of the variants on function, pathogenicity or deleteriousness.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Types of sequence variants
  2. Nomenclature for the description of sequence variants by the Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS)
  3. Introduction to resources, such as ClinVar, Clinical Genomic Database (CGD), dbSNP, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), Exom Variant Server (EVS), and Genetic Testing Registry (GTR), to access information about genes and their variants associated with diseases
  4. Introduction to resources, such as Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC), and Pharmacogenomics Knowledgebase (PharmGKB), to obtain information about the impact of variants on drug response and dosing guidelines
  5. Introduction to resources, such as Combined Annotation Dependent Depletion (CADD), for functional, pathogenicity, or deleteriousness annotation of variants