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Bioinformatics methods for next generation sequencing analysis

Dates: September 24-28 2018

Location: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim

Lecturers: Morten Beck Rye, Vidar Beisvåg, Pål Sætrom

Course code: MOL8008

Credits: 7.5 ECTS

RegistrationHere by August 20



The course will introduce bioinformatic approaches, tools and pipelines for computational analyses of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data. Focus will be on analysis methods for coding and non-coding RNA from RNA-seq, and transcription factors and epigenetic markers from ChIP-Seq. The course will cover strategies, methods and workflows used for analyses of such data, including mapping to reference genomes, feature extraction, and statistical analysis. In addition, the biological interpretation of output from such analyses will be presented as case studies from scientific journals. More information can  be found at the NTNU course page here.


Course program:

  • One week with intensive lectures and hands-on exercises
  • Lectures 20h, Exercises 20h
  • One month preparation of written report.


Learning outcomes:

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  1. Create and use an analysis pipeline for topics introduced
  2. Understand the bioinformatics approaches used for different tasks in NGS
  3. Have an overview of the type of biological questions that are typically assessed using NGS
  4. Assist in the design and implementation of an experiment using NGS at their own facility



Attending students should be familiar with basic high-level programming of scripting languages like Python, R and Matlab. Some basic knowledge in applied bioinformatics is recommended.

Masters degree in relevant programmes. Medical Doctors degree. Or medical students at The Student Research Programme. Candidates with other or lower degree will be assessed individually.



Report based, pass or fail



Note that if you intend to earn credits for this course, you must either be a student at NTNU, or apply for position as a visiting PhD student by 15th September. Instructions on how to apply can be found here. NORBIS may do this collectively, if you email the signed form together with either a confirmation of admission to your local PhD programme, or documentation of your master’s degree, to contact-norbis@uib.no by 30th August.