Tutorial: R/Bioconductor for Analysis and Comprehension of High-throughput Genomic Data

Martin Morgan, Computational Biology / Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 1100


DNA sequence analysis generates large volumes of data presenting challenging bioinformatic and statistical problems. This tutorial introduces Bioconductor ( packages and work flows for the analysis of sequence data. We learn about approaches for efficiently manipulating sequences and alignments, and introduce common work flows and the unique statistical challenges associated with `RNA‐ seq', variant annotation, and other experiments. The emphasis is on exploratory analysis, and the analysis of designed experiments.The workshop emphasizes orientation within the Bioconductor milieu; we will touch on the Biostrings, ShortRead, GenomicRanges, edgeR, and VariantAnnotation, and other packages, with short exercises to illustrate the functionality of each package.




The workshop assumes an intermediate level of familiarity with R, and basic understanding of biological and technological aspects of high‐throughput sequence analysis. Participants should come prepared with a modern wireless‐enabled laptop and web browser installed.

Intended Audience

This workshop is for professional bioinformaticians and statisticians intending to use R / Bioconductor for analysis and comprehension of high-throughput sequence data.

Workshop Materials

Workshop materials will be available prior to the course, at

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