Over the last decade, massively parallel DNA sequencing has markedly impacted the practice of modern biology and is being utilized in the practice of medicine. The constant improvement of these platforms means that costs and data generation timelines have been reduced by orders of magnitude, facilitating investigators to conceptualize and perform sequencing-based projects that heretofore were time-, cost-, and sample number-prohibitive. Furthermore, the application of these technologies to answer questions previously not experimentally approachable is broadening their impact and application. However, data analysis remains a complex and often vexing challenge, especially as data volumes increase.
This condensed five day virtual course will explore use and applications of massively parallel sequencing technologies, with a focus on data analysis and bioinformatics. Formal lectures and discussion will likely be held morning (10am-1pm) and afternoons (2pm-5pm) (US east coast time) to allow participation of students from North America and Europe.
Students will be instructed in the detailed operation of several platforms (Illumina, PacBio, Nanopore, Etc.), including library construction procedures, general data processing, and in-depth data analysis. Students will be introduced to Unix command-line, important file formats, alignment, data visualization, basic scripting in R, bash and other program languages, cluster job submission and bioinformatics pipeline development. Given the condensed curriculum, several types of biological questions enabled by massively parallel sequencing technologies will be explored including bulk transcriptome profiling, single-cell transcriptome profiling and small variant discovery/interpretation, and other approaches that are tailored to the student's research areas of interest.
Cloud-based computing will also be explored. Guest lecturers will highlight unique applications of these disruptive technologies.
We encourage applicants from a diversity of scientific backgrounds including molecular evolution, development, neuroscience, medicine, cancer, plant biology and microbiology.
Major support provided by: National Human Genome Research Institute.
Access to cloud computational resources may be supported by an AWS in Education Grant award from Amazon.
Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows:
Please indicate your eligibility for funding in your stipend request submitted when you apply to the course. Stipend requests do not affect selection decisions made by the instructors.
Virtual Attendance: $500
Virtual Attendance packages include registration, access to online Zoom-based oral sessions, a dedicated Slack channel and access to the video archive on the Leading Strand for ~six weeks following the Course.
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- Personal statement/essay;
- Letter(s) of recommendation;
- Curriculum vitae/resume (optional);
- Financial aid request (optional).
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