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, this advanced course addresses one of the major data challenges scientists face today. Its core objective is to convey the conceptual and mathematica foundations that underpin integrative multimodal data analysis strategies and the practical trade-offs of different methods.

The course will give students and postdocs an overview of the state-of-the-art methods, with a focus on omics data. In practical session using relevant real-world examples from single-cell and bulk multi-omics studies, participants will gain familiarity with software impementations, practical aspects of quality assessement of inputs and outputs and pitfalls, method performance assessement and tuning, and model fit intepretation. The course will cover methods such as multi-table ordination and factor analysis, and in particular, the popular Milti-Omics Factor Analysis (MOFA) method developed by the organisers.


This course is aimed at PhD students and postdocs with bioinformatics background aiming for more depth in data integration methodologies. Applicants will be requested to send a resume of their current research for the selection process.


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