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Our Training Mission

We recognize that there are many researchers on (and off) the UIUC campus that need help analyzing their genetic data computationally and statistically. Our goal, in addition to offering consultation services, is to offer hands-on and practical bioinformatics workshops that are relevant and up-to-date. We hope these workshops will enhance graduate students, post-docs, and faculty's understanding of popular bioinformatics topics and skills such as Linux, R, RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, 16S micrombiome analysis, and more!

Explanation of workshop fees

The true cost to run bioinformatics-based workshops can range from hundreds to over a thousand dollars per attendee, but we strive to keep these costs low so that all UIUC students, post-docs and faculty can benefit from hands-on bioinformatics workshops to enhance their research. And thanks to the support of the OVCR (Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research) are now able to offer HPCBio workshops for nominal fees. If you have trouble with paying for the workshops due to unexpected circumstances, please let us know and we may be able to waive the fees. We also welcome attendees from outside of UIUC, but please keep in mind that there are additional charges for external attendees. We ask that non-UIUC attendees email us at to sign-up for a workshop rather than using the Eventbrite links.

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  • Sign-up for the Biotechnology Center mailing list to be the first to know about new workshop registration openings: Go here
  • Sign up for current workshops: Scroll down to "Upcoming Workshops"

  • Find links to past workshops: Go here

  • Learn about our plans for future workshops: Go here

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HPCBio Fall 2019 Workshop Schedule

  Day of the week
Semester Week Date(s) Time Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 Sept. 5-6 9am-4:30pm   DC for Genomics (pt. 1) DC for Genomics (pt. 2)
3 Sept. 13 9am-12:30pm     Microbial Profiling Analysis (pt. 1)
4 Sept. 20 9am-12:30pm     Microbial Profiling Analysis (pt. 2)
5 Sept. 27 9am-12:30pm     Microbial Profiling Analysis (pt. 3)
6 Oct. 4 9am-12:30pm     Microbial Profiling Analysis (pt. 4)
7 Oct. 9 & 11 9am-12:30pm Intro to Linux & Biocluster (pt. 1)   Intro to Linux & Biocluster (pt. 2)
8 Oct. 16 & 18 9am-12:30pm Intro to R & Bioconductor (pt. 1)   Intro to R & Bioconductor (pt. 2)
9 Oct. 25 9am-12:30pm     10X Single Cell RNA-Seq Introduction (pt. 1)
10 Nov. 1 9am-12:30pm     10X Single Cell RNA-Seq Analysis (pt. 2)
11 Nov. 8 9am-12:30pm     10X Single Cell RNA-Seq Analysis (pt. 3)
12 Nov. 15 9am-12:30pm     10X Single Cell RNA-Seq Analysis (pt. 4)

The above outlines the schedule for all of HPCBio's Fall workshops. 



Intro to Linux & Biocluster

This two-part workshop taught by HPCBio (with the support of the OVCR) & CNRG will be held October 9th & 11th from 9am - 12:30pm. This workshop fulfills part of the pre-requisites needed to attend the future 10X Single Cell RNA-Seq workshop. The other pre-requisite is a basic understanding of R programming. This workshop will familiarize attendees with basic Linux CLI commands that enable one to move around a linux directory, and create, investigate and manipulate files. Students will be introduced to the structure of IGB's computational cluster, Biocluster, and will learn how to interact with the cluster both interactively and via job scripts (a set of written instructions for the cluster to execute). 

This workshop is closed, but please contact us at if you'd like access to self-guided tutorials.

Intro to R & Bioconductor

This two-day workshop will be held from 9am - 12:30pm (Oct. 16 & 18), and is a pre-requisite to the future 10X Single Cell RNA-Seq workshop. The aim of this workshop is to introduce attendees to basic R commands, functions, and jargon needed to transform a novice into a beginning R/Bioconductor user. Additionally, we will give an overview of the Bioconductor project, common object structures and manipulation, tips on finding particular packages and how to start learning to use a package.

This workshop is closed, but please contact us at if you'd like access to self-guided tutorials.

10X Single Cell RNA-Seq Analysis

HPCBio, with the support of the OVCR, is hosting a 10X Genomics Seminar/Demo and a Single Cell RNA-Seq Analysis Workshop. You may take 1 of 2 tracks: (1) Attend the Seminar/Demo on Oct. 25 to learn about 10X single cell applications, experimental design considerations, and observe a Loupe demo. (2) Attend the entire 4-day workshop (every Friday from Oct. 25 - Nov. 15) to get an introduction to 10X Single Cell and to learn how to analyze, explore, and visualize a 10X scRNA-Seq example dataset via hands-on exercises. Knowledge of R & linux is required for the workshop but not the seminar/demo.

Prerequisites: "Intro to Linux & Biocluster" AND "Intro to R & Bioconductor" workshops. Please email us at for alternative training opportunities.

Seminar/Demo Only sign-up:

Full 4-Day Analysis sign-up: