WARNING: due to the public health emergency, the course has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date.

Important Dates

  • Course date: 09-13 March 2020 –> [Cancelled]
  • Deadline for applications: 28 February 2020.
    Course selection will be done on a first-come first-served basis and chosen participants will be immediately notified


University of Turin
Molecular Biotechnology Center
Via Nizza, 52
10126 Torino, Italy


The course includes a fee of 500 Euros, covering coffe breaks, lunches and a social dinner. Participants are expected to pay their own travel and accommodation costs (if any).


A maximum of 20 candidates will be accepted for the course. Priority will be given to candidates from ELIXIR-IIB member institutions (see the list at the bottom) and ELIXIR nodes.

Application Form - Registration



  • Martina Olivero - Dept. of Oncology, University of Torino, IT
  • Luca Alessandri - Dep. of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, University of Torino, IT


  • Raffaele Calogero - Dep. of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, University of Torino, IT
  • Marco Beccuti - Dept. of Computer Science, University of Torino, IT
  • Loredana Le Pera - ELIXIR-IIB Deputy Training Coordinator, IBIOM/IBPM-CNR, IT
  • Allegra Via - ELIXIR-IIB Training Coordinator, IBPM-CNR, IT

Course Description

The course is based on the use of Bioconductor open-source software solutions. However, R coding skill is not required. Furthermore, RNA-seq, miRNAseq and single-cell seq analyses will be performed using the tools available as part of the Reproducible Bioinformatics Project (Beccuti et al., Bioinformatics 2018: Kulkarni et al. BMC Bioinformatics 2018). You can find here the complete course description, together with the program.

Target audience and prerequisites

The course is suitable for life science researchers who are new to NGS technology, and no statistics prerequisites or computing experience are necessary for attending the course.


Participants will be requested to bring their own laptop; in case of need we can provide a computer to participants. The mandatory requirements for the laptop are the presence of an ethernet plug/adapter and VNC client installation.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, the participants will learn the importance of a good experimental design in order to ask sensible biological questions, face some typical issues that can arise by analysing RNA-seq data, and acquire basic skills in R scripting.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • assess quality of data;
  • complete basic statistical tests on NGS data;
  • annotate and interpret data;
  • perform clustering methods for cell sub-population discovery.


For all kinds of queries, please contact the ELIXIR-IIB Training Team at: elixir.ita.training@gmail.com or the local organiser Raffaele Calogero at: raffaele.calogero@unito.it, tel: +39 0116706454, cel: +39 3333827080.

ELIXIR-IIB member institutes

  1. CNR, National Research Council (Lead Institute)
  2. CRS4
  4. Edmund Mach Foundation, Trento
  5. ENEA
  6. Fondazione Telethon
  7. INFN
  8. Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS)
  9. GARR
  10. Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli
  11. University of Roma "Sapienza"
  12. University of Bari
  13. University of Bologna
  14. University of Firenze
  15. University of Milano
  16. University of Milano Bicocca
  17. University of Napoli
  18. University of Padova
  19. University of Parma
  20. University of Roma "Tor Vergata"
  21. University of Salerno
  22. University of Torino
  23. University of Tuscia