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Introduction to Bioinformatics for Undergraduate/Honours students

July 18th & 19th, 2019: Computer suite, (Cat suite) 236 Ingkarni Wardli Building. North Terrace Campus

This 2 day workshop provided by the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) introduces the concepts of bioinformatics utilising existing widespread analytical tools with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) through a combination of theory and practical hands on demonstrations.  Seats are limited to 40 places so please be early to reserve a seat. These skills will be highly advantageous for undergraduate or graduate study, and will definitely accelerate your career, while also building professional networks.  

Workshop description:

High-throughput genomic data is now ubiquitous in biology (e.g. gene expression, microbiomes, genome and organismal evolution and behaviour, crop manipulation, genetic mapping, etc), and this means we will all be dealing with enormous amounts of data. Effectively mining this data - storing, moving and analysing genetic sequences is a challenge even for the most seasoned bioinformatician or computational biologist. 
Bioinformatics is a relatively new and interdisciplinary area of study that employs a range of computational and biological techniques to efficiently access and develop algorithms/statistics to make sense of the relationships within these enormous datasets for many applications, such as gene therapy, climate change modelling, molecular medicine, and insect resistance.

This 2-day workshop will be taught by experts at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), to introduce the concepts of bioinformatics using common analytical tools and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) in a combination of theory and practical hands-on demonstrations. The aim is to provide Undergraduates and Honours students with field-essential skills and experience to accelerate their studies. Seats are limited to 40 places so please be early to reserve a seat.

 At the end of this workshop you will 

  1. Have a good understanding of sequencing technology and sequencing data formats.
  2. Experience with practical data analysis - handling, manipulation, and processing of sequencing data.
  3. Knowledge of variant databases, annotation of genetic data, and interpretation of sequencing data analytical results.

Target audience: This workshop is designed for University of Adelaide 3rd year Undergraduate/Honours students (or advanced 1st/2nd years) with little or no exposure to the field of bioinformatics, enrolled in the areas of biology, biomedical, evolutionary biology or computer science.  If you have an interest in biology or computer algorithms, exploring a career in solving challenging biomedical or evolutionary questions, or just exploring further research (Honours, PhD) in these disciplines then this workshop is for you.

Program content:

Thursday 18 Introduction to sequencing and bioinformatics; Introduction to pipeline analysis (Galaxy Demo); Mappying and QC. Hands-on mapping and variant calling.
Friday 19 Variants prioritisation; Gene ontology enrichment, including hands-on variants annotation and interpretations; phylogenetics trees and hands-on building phylogeneies.
Tutors and venue details

Dr Yassine Souilmi, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD).


Dr Kieren Mitchell, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD).


Dr Bastien Llamas, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD).


Venue: Computer suite, G2.2 (ground level) Ingkarni Wardli Building, North Terrace Campus SA 5005
University of Adelaide

Contact: For equiries please email here.

When: Thursday 18th & Friday 19th July, 2019: 9:10am-5:00/5:30pm.

You must reserve a seat to guarantee a spot to this workshop. Please email here to book.

Pre-requisites: No prior experience is required; however, a basic computer operation and common web browsing practice is assumed.

Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
School of Biological Sciences
Darling Building
North Terrace Campus

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


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