March 7, 2019 /// 13:00 - 17:00
Instructors: Ernest Aliche, Tijs Bliek, Marc Galland
Helpers: Max van Hooren, Fred White
This workshop will give a first introduction to a typical messenger RNA-Seq analysis by combining a short lecture with an extensive practical hands-on session.
Upon completion of this workshop, you'll be able to:
Who: The course is aimed researchers in the Life Sciences that have to deal with mRNA-Seq experiments and datasets. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.
Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Linux, Mac or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below). They are also required to abide by the following Code of Conduct.
Registration: All free for Green Life Sciences students and staff from the University of Amsterdam. If not all seats are claimed by the Green Life Sciences cluster, then the remaining seats will be open for other UvA students and staff. Please get your ticket using the Eventbrite widget (see above).
Organisers: This workshop is organized by the Science Park Study Group members as part of its recurring activities. Please visit our website for other events that take place in Amsterdam (usually Science Park). If there are any questions get in touch and send us an email (see contact)
Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organizers have checked that:
|13.00 - 13.10||Welcome Workshop presentation||Marc|
|13.10 - 13.20||Introduction 01. Experimental design and Next-Generation Sequencing for RNA-Seq||Marc|
|13.30 - 14.00||Introduction 02. RNA-Seq post-sequencing steps||Ernest|
|14.00 - 14.30||Introduction 03. Set-up: fastq files, genome sequence, annotation, softwares||Tijs|
|14.30 - 15.00||Practical 04. QC and trimming of raw reads using fastQC and Trimmomatic||Tijs|
|15:00 - 15.15||Coffee break|
|15.15 - 16.00||Practical 05. Read alignment with hisat2 and counting with featureCounts||Tijs|
|16.00 - 16.15||Practical 06. File preparation for use in the ideal online application||Marc|
|16:15 - 17.00||Practical 07. Data exploration using the ideal Shiny app||Marc|
You can download all files (fastq sequencing files, genome sequence in fasta format, genome annotation, etc.) here. Unzip/extract the files to create a rnaseq folder.
To participate to this RNA-Seq workshop workshop, you will need access to the softwares described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.
We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.
Bash is a commonly-used shell that gives you the power to do simple tasks more quickly.
cmdand press [Enter])
setx HOME "%USERPROFILE%"
SUCCESS: Specified value was saved.
exitthen pressing [Enter]
This will provide you with both Git and Bash in the Git Bash program.
The default shell in all versions of macOS is Bash, so no
need to install anything. You access Bash from the Terminal
See the Git installation video tutorial
for an example on how to open the Terminal.
You may want to keep
Terminal in your dock for this workshop.
The default shell is usually Bash, but if your
machine is set up differently you can run it by opening a
terminal and typing
bash. There is no need to
When you're writing code, it's nice to have a text editor that is
optimized for writing code, with features like automatic
color-coding of key words. The default text editor on macOS and
Linux is usually set to Vim, which is not famous for being
intuitive. If you accidentally find yourself stuck in it, try
typing the escape key, followed by
:q! (colon, lower-case 'q',
exclamation mark), then hitting Return to return to the shell.
nano is a basic editor and the default that instructors use in the workshop. It is installed along with Git.
nano is a basic editor and the default that instructors use in the workshop. See the Git installation video tutorial for an example on how to open nano. It should be pre-installed.
This material was built with heavy inspiration from the Data Carpentry Genomics workshop developped under the supervision of the Carpentries Foundation. We also borrowed material from a course developed by the Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core.