Computational biology research workshop for college students

RNA Biomarkers in Parkinson's Disease

 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 computational tools to analyze RNA expression data of Parkinson'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 Parkinson's. Our premise is that the Human Genome Project will soon become your own genome quest. No prior knowledge is needed beyond introductory biology. Lunch is included in the fee. Bring your laptops.

Date: October 18, 2014             Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Room 1250 Undergraduate Science Building, University of Michigan

Fee: $45                                    Food: Provided

Sponsor: WISE

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


8:45 – 9:00 am


9:00 – 10:00 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

10:00 – 11:00 am Parkinson’s Disease

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

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

11:00 am – noon RNA expression data

NCBI tools including GEO

Goal: find publicly available high quality data and understand RNA biomarkers

noon – 12:15 pm

Grab lunch

12:15 – 1:00 pm Genetic network relating to Parkinson's disease

STRING and GeneCards

Goal: understand multiple gene interactions and their implications in a disease context


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