A special course on transcriptome analysis with R

The purpose of this course is to teach R statistical environment to be applied to transcriptome data analysis. After this course, the students will be able to use R for analyzing diverse data types from very different biological experiments focused on gene expression. The topics will introduce the theoretical aspects of the covered methodologies, and after that, assignments and activities will provide opportunities to explore the practical ways of performing the analyses.
 
You will learn how to use R for performing statistical analysis relevant for molecular biologists. You will learn how to perform simple sequence analysis with R. You will get an essential overview of biological network analysis and the highly popular enrichment analysis of gene lists. Additionally, the most prominent transcriptome analysis methods will be covered with medium to advanced level code examples and practices.
 
Course length: 7 weeks
 
Suggested background knowledge: essentials of molecular biology, essentials of evolution, usage of command line, knowledge about biological databases
 
Course modules
 
Week 1 - Quantitative transcriptomics: qRT-PCR
Week 2 - Advanced transcriptomics: gene expression microarrays
Week 3 - Next-generation sequencing: introduction and genomic applications
Week 4 - Next-generation sequencing in transcriptomics: RNA-seq experiments
Week 5 - Annotating gene groups: Ontologies, pathways, enrichment analysis
Week 6 - Reconstructing gene regulation networks
Week 7 - Network analysis: iGraph
 
 
Special requirement: You will have to use the R software for the practical parts of this course. R is a free software programming language and a software environment for statistical computing and graphics. You have to be able to install this free software on your computer. You are supposed to have some experience with R, for example, you are expected to be able to install R packages from CRAN and Bioconductor for successfully participate to this course.