Important Dates

  • Course date: 28-30 September 2022
  • Deadline for applications: 10 September 2022.
    Course selection will be done on a first-come first-served basis and participants will be immediately notified


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


The course includes a fee of 220 Euros, covering lunches, coffe breaks, 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


  • Marco Beccuti - Dept. of Computer Sciences, University of Torino, IT
  • Raffaele Calogero - Dep. of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, University of Torino, IT
  • Francesca Cordero - Dept. of Computer 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, ISS, IT
  • Allegra Via - ELIXIR-IIB Training Coordinator, IBPM-CNR, IT

Course Description

An introduction to single cell RNA-seq data analysis. This course aims to provide participants with theoretical and practical knowledge on how to perform bioinformatic analyses of scRNA-seq data using open-source software solutions. scRNA-seq analyses will be performed using the tools available as part of the Reproducible Bioinformatics Project: rCASC.
You can find here the complete course description and program.

Target audience and prerequisites

This course is suitable for biologists who are new to single cell gene expression technology. Knowledge of statistics is not necessary prior to attending the course. Two weeks before the course, six recorded lessons with exercises will be delivered to participants to provide the minimal R skills required for the course.


Participants will be requested to bring their own laptop; in case of need organisers can provide a computer to participants.

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain the importance of experimental design to ask sensible biological questions at single cell level;
  • assess the quality of data;
  • describe limits and strength of data reduction and clustering in scRNA-seq;
  • identify genes driving cluster formation in scRNA-seq;
  • extract biological knowledge from cluster-specific biomarkers.


For all kinds of queries, please contact Raffaele Calogero at:

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