Computational biology research workshop for college students

 Overview: This workshop provides computational and statistical methods in the context of disease research. After a brief overview of the emerging field of medical genomics, the workshop will cover the use of Linux commands and R to analyze RNA expression data of Alzheimer's disease patients. Given the rapid advances in sequencing technologies and the advent of massive datasets, turning data into knowledge is increasingly essential. We will show how to use publicly available tools to understand statistically analyzed data in the context of Alzheimer's. Our premise is that the Human Genome Project will soon become your own genome quest. No prior knowledge is needed beyond AP Biology. Bring your laptops. Once registered, we will suggest programs to download for this workshop and for your future research. After the workshop, volunteer opportunities for continued AD research will be offered.

Target audience: Graduate and undergraduate students.

Date: January 11, 2014             Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Room 1230 Undergraduate Science Building, University of Michigan

Fee: $75                                    Food: Provided

Sponsor: WISE

Registration Form  Please send the form to jh1440 at You will receive email confirmation for the registration


9:45 am – 10:00 am


10:00 am – 11:00 am Genomics and Medicine

Personalized medicine, genomics, and disease

Goal:  understand shortcomings in current medical practices and the promise of the emerging field of medical genomics

11:00 am – noon Alzheimer’s Disease

Online resources about diseases – symptoms, treatment, genes, social impact

Goal: be able to find scientific information related to disease of interest

noon – 12:15 pm

break and get lunch

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Linux usage

Lunch; RNA expression data and Linux commands

Goal: use Linux to format data

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm


1:45 pm – 2:55 pm R usage

R and statistics to analyze expression data

Goal: use R to find biomarkers

2:55 pm – 3:05 pm


3:05 pm – 4:15 pm


Get detailed information on a gene in a genomics context and in Alzheimer’s disease

Goal: know how to obtain gene information using public websites

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm 

Future perspectives


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