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BioTech 90 | Introduction to MATLAB Fundamentals for Biomedical Scientists | 2-Day Hands On Workshop

September 10, 2018 to September 11, 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 Only: Payment approval and authorization is done through your AO or lab manager. Receiving lab approval does not constitute enrollment. Fellows or those being sponsored by their lab can enroll using this form while waiting for authorization of payment.

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MATLAB provides both a point and click environment for data exploration and hypothesis generation and an intuitive programming language for custom application development.  In two days you will go from zero to learning how to use them together to develop your own custom workflows for biomedical research.

Use and gain familiarity with MATLAB’s point and click interfaces to explore and understand the breadth of biomedical data types MATLAB can manage including tables, arrays, signals, images, videos, and biological sequences.
Develop basic knowledge and skills to use the MATLAB programming language and environment to build your own custom workflows you can apply to your own research to improve productivity.


As a professional biomedical scientist, you will need to work efficiently with at least four principal different types of data.

Signals, exemplified by electrophysiology, chromatography, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry.

 Biological sequences, exemplified by RNA, DNA, protein

  Images and videos, exemplified by microscopy, pathology, medical imaging,        object tracking

  Tabular arrays of mixed text, numerical, categorical and time data,     exemplified by flow cytometry or the statistical analysis of the above type   of data

This workshop will help prepare you to do world-class research by using MATLAB to develop your own highly-customized workflows to answer your own unique research questions working with any kind of biomedical data.

With MATLAB, in one platform you can efficiently load, explore, analyze and automate workflows covering all of these key data types, without being limited by software provided to you by instrument vendors or scientific software companies, or cobbling together labor-intensive workflows with multiple software point solutions.

The workshop uses a hands-on project-based learning approach:  you will learn to use MATLAB’s capabilities in the context of building real-world workflows with each of these biomedical data types, which you can take with you and apply immediately to your work.

Tools/Skills TaughtHow to use MATLAB point and click apps for
   Data import and preprocessing
   Plotting and visualization
   Image processing
   Signal processing
   Bioinformatics and biological sequence analysis
How to use the MATLAB programming language and basic programming concepts
Using MATLAB for statistical analysis

No prior programming experience is required.

Who Should Attend
Anyone is welcome.  This workshop has been specifically designed for three categories of attendees: 
You are a scientist, researcher, clinician, data scientist, or statistician at any training level (pre/post bac, graduate student, post-doc, staff scientist, physician).  You have no or minimal previous programming experience.  You want to be able to leave this course and immediately have the skill, knowledge, and confidence to develop custom workflows for a range of data types in biomedical research, especially for solving your unique problem(s).

You have basic MATLAB or other programming language knowledge, but lack the ability to develop complete workflows with the breadth of data types covered in this workshop.  Or you want to learn how to work faster and more efficiently using MATLAB point and click apps to autogenerate code blocks for your workflows and/or refresh your basic MATLAB skills. 

You are a program or lab manager or core lab director and you wish to gain first-hand experience with the breadth of capabilities of MATLAB to more efficiently support the researchers you work with.

Related workshop
This workshop has some overlap with the BioTech 91| Introduction to Image Processing with MATLAB workshop.  The workshops are designed to work if taken together or independently.

This workshop focuses on the breadth of using MATLAB for multiple types of data in the sciences. 

Introduction to Image Processing with MATLAB is designed to develop depth of expertise in image processing including image processing methods, tracking, and 3D functions.

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

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Instructor's Background

Comprehensive Binder Included 
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 1.4 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.  



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