News:Viral Bioinformatics and Genomics course August 2017, Glasgow
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3rd Annual Training Course on Viral Bioinformatics and Genomics

Course dates: Monday 7th – Friday 11th of August 2017

Location: McCall Building, Garscube Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

After the successful training courses in 2015 and 2016, the Viral Genomics & Bioinformatics team at the Centre for Virus Research (CVR) will be repeating the course this year. We will be giving a 5-day course, which will consist of a series of lectures and practical exercises that directly address bioinformatic challenges posed by the current surge of sequence data, with a focus on viral data sets and analyses. We will enable participants to understand and deal with high-throughput sequence datasets and encourage the exchange of ideas among diagnosticians, virologists, bioinformaticians and evolutionary biologists.

The 2017 course will introduce the participants to the power of the UNIX command-line and bash scripts, as well as a suite of bioinformatics tools covering the following topics with a focus on viral data sets:

  • HTS sequencing technologies: overview of the different HTS platforms and sample preparations.
  • The power of Unix: essential bash scripting.
  • Reference assembly: aligning sequence reads to a known reference and visualizing the alignment (e.g. bowtie2, BWA, Tanoti, Tablet, UGENE).
  • Variant calling: consensus sequence generation, low frequency variant calling and error correction (e.g. samtools, LoFreq, DiversiTools).
  • De-novo assembly: overlap layout and de Bruijn graphs approaches for sequence assembly, quality assessment and merging contigs (e.g. ABySS, SPAdes, MIRA, IDBA-UD, QUAST, Mauve).
  • Metagenomic analyses: sanitizing sequence datasets, assembling, annotating, visualizing (e.g. MetAMOS, Krona, DIAMOND, Kraken).
  • Genomics: scaffolding, improving and finishing the assembly, gene annotation (e.g. ICORN, Artemis, RATT).
  • Phylogenetic analysis: introduction to multiple sequence alignment and phylogenetic reconstruction (e.g. mafft, PhyML, FigTree).


To maintain a good ratio of tutors to participants, the enrolment will be limited to 15 students. Preference will be given to applicants who: (1) have some familiarity with HTS technologies; (2) have already or are planning to generate viral HTS data in their work; and (3) have an interest in computers and programming (some basic experience in a command-line environment is necessary)

Registration Fee

£500 for the 5-day course including lunches and tea/coffee (participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation). To apply, fill in the application form before the 30th of April 2017: For more information and for those unable to access this Google application form, please see

MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research Sir Michael Stoker Building
Garscube Campus
G61 1QH

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