Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 4 - 7 May 2021 Register interest
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Course Overview

Experimental designs in basic biology research and biomedicine increasingly involve the use of multiple omics technologies to characterise a set of samples e.g. genomic variants, epigenetic marks, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, functional assays, imaging. This is true for both bulk and single cell analyses. Therefore, data analysis techniques are required that are able to cope with such data in an efficient and generalisable manner. Thus, the proposed advanced course addresses one of the major data challenges scientists face today. Its core objective is to convey the conceptual and mathematical foundations that underpin integrative multimodal data analysis strategies and the practical trade-offs of different methods.


Course is aimed at PhD students and post-docs working in computational biology aiming to improve their skills in multi-omics data integration methodologies. Solid experience with R and/or Python is a prerequisite for this course. 


- Probabilitic factor models for multi-omics integration (MOFA)

- Multi-table methods for multi-omics integration

- Data visualization and interactive exploration

- Pre-processing and data management

- Detection of hidden confounders and technical effects

- Hands-on exercises with bulk and single cell multi-omics data sets

Learning Outcomes

The course will give students and postdocs and overview of the state-of-the-art methods, with a focus on omics data. In practical sessions using relevant real-world examples from single-cell and bulk multi-omics studies, participants will gain familiarity with software implementations, practical aspects and quality assessment of inputs and outputs and pitfalls, method performance assessment and tuning, and model fit interpretation.


EMBL Courses and Conferences are kindly supported by our Corporate Partnership Programme

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