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BIOF 082 | Bioinformatics for Beginners

October 1, 2019 to October 4, 2019

Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is one week before the first day of the course.  If you are unable to register before the deadline, please email: or call 301-496-7977 for space availability. 

NIH employees paying with the signed vendor copy of the SF-182 form, please email:

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Contract: SF-182

Workshops generally run from 9:00am - 5:00pm.

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Bioinformatics (Computational Biology) is a must skill required in every modern biomedical research lab. Installing and configuring a wide variety of computational biology tools is a cumbersome task that requires software engineering skills. This hands-on training course will introduce participants to a comprehensive set of bioinformatics concepts, tools and techniques, using  a cloud based, all-in-one, fully loaded linux desktop (with windows like graphical user interface) machine, that comes with hundreds of popular computational biology (bioinformatics) tools required for a successful modern biomedical research lab.

The participants will be provided with end-to-end hands-on training, along with introduction to basic concepts, in using popular tools and techniques for sequence analysis, structure analysis, function prediction, biological database searching, “omics” data analysis, pathway analysis, data visualization, data curation and integration, linux, R, perl and scripting basics.


  • Participants will use a Graphic User Interface based Linux Desktop environment, specially configured for bioinformatics analysis in the Amazon Cloud
  • Training provided by experienced active NIH researchers
  • Cookbook style bound manual for all exercises
  • Direct, after training support through exclusive forum membership
  • Continuing Education Credits

Who should attend:

  • Researchers, clinicians and academics who are interested in learning bioinformatics/computational biology tools and techniques.
  • Researchers interested in setting up an all-in-one bioinformatics open source solution for your lab/group
  • Biomedical students who are interested in learning and understanding basic concepts, tools and methods in computational biology
  • Scientists in program administration interested in learning about the standard tools and techniques used in computational biology

Participants should be comfortable with basic computer skills

Hands-on Skills/Tools taught:
Databases: NCBI-ENTREZ, UniProt, PDB, STRING, Others.
Sequence analysis and function predictions: EMBOSS suite & others
Local Alignment: EMBOSS-WATER
Global Alignment: EMBOSS-NEEDLE
Similarity search: NCBI BLAST, PSI-BLAST
Multiple sequence alignment: Clustal Omega, MUSCLE, MAFFT
Phylogenetics: MrBayes, MEGA, FigTree and Dendroscope
Motif finding, analysis: MEME suite
Structure prediction, visualization & analysis: PyMOL, Chimera, iTASSER
Transcriptome analysis: NCBI GEO, Tuxedo tools, R
Enrichment analysis: DAVID
Pathway analysis: Cytoscape
Programming: Linux, R, Perl, Python
Platforms: EMBOSS, UGENE, H2O, Galaxy

Comprehensive Binder
Contains all notes, protocols, and reference material needed. No additional books are required. 

Although no grades are given for courses, each participant will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours.   One CEU is equal to ten contact hours. Upon completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate, showing completion of the workshop and 2.8 CEUs.

Refund Policy 
100% tuition refund or 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled 14 or more days prior to the start of the workshop.    
50% tuition refund or 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled between 4 to 13 days prior to the start of the workshop. 
 0% refund, 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled 3 days or less prior to the start of the workshop.  

All cancellations must be received in writing via email to Ms. Carline Coote at
Cancellations received after hours are time marked for the following day. 
In regards to a full or partial refund or a full workshop credit, you must indicate which option you are selecting at the time of your written cancellation. 
All refund payments will be processed by the start of the initial workshop.

Suggested Accommodation
A special rate is available to all BioTech Workshop attendees. This includes complimentary continental breakfast, guest room Wi-Fi and discounted $15 parking per night. Hotel is within walking distance of the training facility   Reservations can be made online, see below. 

DoubleTree by Hilton Bethesda - Washington DC


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