Course Goals

  • Learn how to efficiently manage and analyze sequencing data using the Unix command line interface on a high-performance computing (HPC) environment.
  • Understand the basics of R (with RStudio) and utilizing it to perform differential gene expression analysis on RNA-seq count data and visualize results.

High-throughput sequencing techniques can rapidly provide a global picture of the processes within cells, allowing for accelerated discoveries in biology. As sequencing technologies improve and the costs decline, learning how to analyze and handle these large datasets has become imperative for researchers in biology and medicine.

Bioinformatics workshops are designed for researchers working with, or planning to work with, sequencing data. Each of these workshops will address some or all of the following:

  • experimental design for sequencing experiments
  • analysis methods
  • best practices for sequencing analysis
  • computational skills

Harvard Catalyst currently offers the following bioinformatics workshops:

  • Introduction to RNA-Seq Analysis
  • Introduction to UNIX and RNA-Seq analysis
  • Introduction to R Workshop

Session dates

Harvard Catalyst in-person learning is suspended due to COVID-19 precautions. Please refer to Online Learning for current offerings.

Time commitment



MD, DNP, PhD or equivalent, DDS/DMD.

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Some workshops have additional prerequisites.


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