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Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators


The aim of this workshop is to introduce principal investigators to the challenges of working with biological data, to provide guidance on how to manage such data and to encourage the development of bioinformatics skills in their team.



Anne Ferguson-Smith, University of Cambridge
Niklas Blomberg, ELIXIR
Nicholas Luscombe, Francis Crick Institute
John Marioni, CRUK-CI
Simon Andrews, Babraham Institute
Helen Parkinson, EMBL-EBI
Ignacio Medina, University of Cambridge
Oliver Stegle, EMBl-EBI
Sarah Morgan, EMBL-EBI
Matthew Eldridge, CRUK-CI
Marta Teperek, University of Cambridge


Audience and Prerequisites

Principal Investigators from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions who are using or planning to use bioinformatics in their research.


Learning Objectives

After this course you should be able to:

  • Define the potential and pitfalls of bioinformatics use in your research
  • Identify your team needs in terms of bioinformatics use and support
  • Develop an appropriate strategy for data management
  • Support the development of bioinformatics skills within your team



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Day 1
9:00-9:10 Welcome Anne Ferguson Smith, University of Cambridge
9:10-10:00 Data challenges in the life-sciences Niklas Blomberg, ELIXIR
10:00-10:30 Tea/coffee break
10:30-11:30 Using bioinformatics in research – what to do and what not to do Nicholas Luscombe, Francis Crick Institute
11:30-12:30 Using bioinformatics in research – the importance of planning John Marioni, CRUK-CI
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 The importance of managing data quality and content Simon Andrews, Babraham Institute
14:30-15:30 What computational resources do you need to access? Matthew Eldridge, CRUK-CI
15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee break
16:00-17:00 Bioinformatics workflow example 1 - RNA-seq John Marioni, CRUK-CI
17:00-19:00 Wrap up followed by drink reception
Day 2
9:30-10:30 Describing your data – standards and ontologies Helen Parkinson, EMBL-EBI
10:30-11:00 Tea/coffee break
11:00-12:00 Bioinformatics workflow example 2 - variant calling Ignacio Medina, University of Cambridge
12:00-13:00 Data integration – challenges and promises Oliver Stegle, EMBL-EBI
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Planning your data management Marta Teperek, University of Cambridge
15:30-15:45 Tea/coffee break
15:45-16:30 Building your team competencies  - what does your team need and how does your team gain them? Sarah Morgan, EMBL-EBI & Gabriella Rustici, University of Cambridge
16:30-17:00 Final discussion
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