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BIOF 082 | Bioinformatics for Beginners: Hands-on Training

August 18, 2020 to August 21, 2020


Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs are open to general public. 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 301-496-7975 for space availability. 

NIH Fellows or NIH community members being sponsored by their lab and awaiting payment authorization can tentatively hold a seat using the “Reserve A Seat” option. Payments need to be received within 7 business days from date of reservation or before the start of a workshop, whichever comes first. Seat reservations will be cancelled if payment is not received prior to workshop.

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

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.

Simultaneous access to two screens is highly recommended for adequate learning experience. Examples include two laptops, one computer with two screens, one laptop and one tablet, etc.

The participants will be provided with end-to-end hands-on training, along with an 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
  • PDF of a cookbook style manual for all exercises
  • 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: MEGA, FigTree and Dendroscope
Motif finding, analysis: MEME suite
Structure prediction, visualization & analysis: 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

Training Rate
Discounted Training Rates
$1,075.00 - NIH Community (Trainees, Employees, Contractors, Volunteers, etc.)
$1,195.00 - Academia, US Government, US Military

Technology Fee

Comprehensive File
A PDF file containing all notes, protocols, and reference material will be provided. 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 for registrations cancelled 14 or more calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.
50% tuition refund for registrations cancelled between 4 to 13 calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.
No refund will be issued for registrations cancelled 3 calendar 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 4:00 pm (ET) on business days or received on non-business days are time marked for the following business day. 
All refund payments will be processed by the start of the initial workshop.


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