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Applied Bioinformatics

Date:  September 22–25, 2014
Location:   MDI Biological Laboratory


The goal of the Applied Bioinformatics Course is to provide hands-on training on major bioinformatics resources through the analysis of an RNA-Seq data set to find differentially expressed genes and investigate previously described functions of those genes and the pathways they are involved in.  


Benjamin King,
Course co-Director

Bruce Stanton,
Course co-Director


Students: last year $750.00, 2014 TBA
Student tuition applies to postdoctoral fellows.

Faculty/Professional: last year $1,100.00, 2014 TBA

Tuition includes on campus housing and meals.

Topics covered include web-based gene and protein resources, genome browsers, pathways and gene set enrichment analyses, and RNA-Seq data analysis. RNA-Seq data analysis will be conducted using the web-based Galaxy system and the R statistical computing environment. The course will feature several modules that will have written worked examples to demonstrate how to apply the major tools or resources featured in the module. Participants should have a strong background in molecular biology. Prior computer programming skills are not required, but participants need to have a strong interest in learning some programming concepts. The 2013 course agenda may be downloaded for an idea of the program (see pdf file link upper right)

Course organizers greatly appreciate funding from The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, University of Maine Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences and the Maine IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence. Funding is also provided by the Lung Biology Center of Biomedical Research Excellence and the Dartmouth Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences.

Gary Churchill, Ph.D.
The Jackson Laboratory

Ben King, M.S.
Staff Scientist
MDI Biological Laboratory

Gareth Howell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
The Jackson Laboratory 

Thomas Hampton
Bioinformatics specialist
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Keith Hutchison, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 
University of Maine

Stephen Munger, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
The Jackson Laboratory

Hubbard Professor in Genomics and Director 
Hubbard Center for Genome Studies 
University of New Hampshire


Guest speakers

Carol Kim, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice President of Research
University of Maine

Chris Dagdigian
Founding Partner and Director of Technology

Tuition includes the cost of on-campus housing for course attendees. Housing units are double occupancy dorm rooms and shared cottages. Family lodging is not available.

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