Skip to Main Content

BioTech 82 | Bioinformatics for Beginners | 4-Day Hands On Workshop

February 13, 2018 to February 16, 2018

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:

Register Now

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

View Tentative Agenda

Bioinformatics (Computational Biology) is a must skill required in every modern biomedicalresearch lab. Installing and configuring a wide variety of computational biology tools is acumbersome task that requires software engineering skills. This hands-on training course willintroduce participants to a custom, all-in-one, fully loaded linux desktop (with windows likegraphical 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 tobasic concepts, in using popular tools and techniques for sequence analysis, structure analysis,function prediction, biological database searching, “omics” data analysis, pathway analysis, datavisualization, data curation and integration, linux, R, perl and scripting basics.rticipants should be comfortable with basic computer skills. 


Participants will use a Graphic User Interface based Linux Desktop environment, specially configured for bioinformatics analysis in the Amazon Cloud

Cloud image with fully configured bioinformatics tools, freely provided to participants

Training provided by experienced active NIH researchers

Cookbook style bound manual for all exercises

Direct, after training support through exclusive forum membership

Continuing Educational 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 administrations interested in learning about the standard tools and techniques used in computational biology

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: R, Perl, Python

Platforms: EMBOSS, UGENE, H2O, Galaxy


Participants should be comfortable with basic computer skills

Training Rate*

*10% group discount available when 3 or more participants register togather from the same company.

Discounted Training Rates
$695.00 - NIH Trainees (fellows, postdocs, postbacs - NIH ONLY)
$895.00 - NIH Community
$995.00 - Academia, Government, Military 

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
Bethesda Court Hotel (Promo/Corporate Code: btcms)


Return to BioTech Calendar