R4BM: R for Biodata Manipulation

Introductory course on data manipulation focused on life science data (biological data, gene expression, clinical data and similar). The course is highly practical and designed for life science professional (biologists, technicians, clinicians, researchers) with no previous bioinformatics experience. Participants should have the normal skills of computer usage, such as creating and navigating through files and folders, using spreadsheets and word processors; the course will introduce them to the use of the statistical scripting software “R” with “Rstudio”, as long as a number of specific R packages to perform data cleaning, wrangling and reshaping, biological list annotation and ranking. Basics of data visualization with “ggplot2” and reproducible analytical research with R markdown will complete the curriculum. Real working life cases will be used as practical examples throughout the lessons.

This course will be useful for all those are in need of the basic semantics of data science because: 1) they are looking for an efficient introduction to R in order to acquire knowledge useful for more advanced R courses; 2) they need to communicate with their fellow bioinformaticians more efficiently; 3) they want to take the road of “data enlightenment” and start a shift in career focusing on data analysis.