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Command-line omics, Linux and Python - 7 August 2023

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Bioinformatics is now a potent driver of scientific development, complementing wet-lab research in immunology and becoming an essential skill for current and future generations.

The British Society for Immunology is excited to offer highly rated online training to equip wet-lab life scientists with the skills and confidence to perform their own bioinformatic data analysis.

‘Command-line omics, Linux and Python’ is an advanced course designed for wet-lab immunologists, biologists and other life scientists looking to expertly handle the essential data processing stage of omic experiments

Do you want to do some omics and raise the impact of your research? Round out your skills with practical experience in the Linux environment and Python in just two weeks!

This comprehensive course is perfect if you’re planning on doing genomics, epigenomics and transcriptomics, and are keen to understand the more technical aspects of bioinformatic projects.

It is aimed at those who have carried out the entry-level course ‘Omic data analysis and visualisation using R’* or have a comparable level of experience. It forms part of a wider bioinformatics training programme, developed and delivered by the Glasgow Bioinformatic Core and now offered by the BSI.

*If you haven’t completed this course, we have you covered! You can sign up to attend the September session. Click here to find out more

Course description

Starting on Monday 7 August 2023, this top-rated course covers Ubuntu and the Linux environment, as well as writing automated command-line pipelines for genomics, transcriptomics and epigenetics. It includes omic tools and related filetypes such as fastQ, SAM, BED, VCF, bedtools, samtools, bowtie, Star, DESeq2, FreeBayes, IGV and Macs. We also give an introduction to Python programming. 

It consists of ten online sessions in total, taking place on weekdays in the morning.

The course is delivered by John J. Cole, Manager of the Glasgow Bioinformatic Core, and his team of seasoned demonstrators, in the School of Infection & Immunity at the University of Glasgow. John’s background as a wet-lab biologist and decades of experience as a bioinformatician and lecturer perfectly positions him to help you master bioinformatics and R skills.

You will get:

  • Digestible classes that fit around your lab schedule – they are mornings-only on Zoom
  • Low-cost training, significantly more affordable than other courses – just £150 per week for BSI members
  • Sought-after skills that will expand your career prospects – add it to your CV!
  • Confidence to carry out complex bioinformatic data processing and analysis of your own, or public datasets

And much more! Here you can download the full description, learning objectives and course outline.


Registration is now open.

The British Society for Immunology offers this course at a discount to all BSI members. You can sign up to become a member online.

  Per week  Total
BSI member  £150  £300
Non-member    £300 £600

BSI members also benefit from discounts on fees for BSI events, as well as free access to our journals, grants, career development activities and much more.

Who signs up for this training?

Wet-lab scientists…

  • Who have attended the first course ‘Omic data analysis and visualisation using R’ or have a comparable level of experience
  • Doing or planning on doing an omic experiment as part of a project
  • Keen to learn R and bioinformatics to advance their career, for example after finishing a PhD or in future post-docs
  • Who need to understand omics in the current literature
  • Who are looking for the practical skills and confidence to handle the essential data processing stage of omic experiments

Rating and reviews

This course is part of a wider bioinformatics training programme, starting with a highly rated entry level course ‘Omic data analysis and visualisation using R’ which has had over 600 attendees since 2020, with a mean rating of 9.4/10 for content and delivery, and 93% of participants thinking the session length and pace was “about right”, after 258 reviews.

Other courses in this training programme

This training programme has several courses, depending on need and experience, starting with an essential course for complete beginners to set the foundations and building on those skills to help you on specific experiments. For example, allowing for specialisation into advanced topics such as single-cell RNA-sequencing. Here you can see the full outline of the programme and guidance on which course is right for you

Upcoming dates in 2023:
Omic data analysis and visualisation using R – entry-level course covering the foundations of bioinformatics, R-coding and omic data visualisation

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The programme has been developed and is delivered by the Glasgow Bioinformatic Core and is being offered by the British Society for Immunology.