Bio Training in District of Columbia

Bio Training in District of Columbia
Biology, Biotechnology, Bio Technology

DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 4th Floor East
20037-1701 Washington , DC
United States
District Of Columbia US
DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania

Client Testimonials

Introductory R for Biologists

What did you like the most about the training?:

I liked the fact that we were all the time busy programming, so I had to focus the whole time.

Katarzyna Hutnik - University of Oxford, Department of Oncology

Introductory R for Biologists

What did you like the most about the training?:

I think the trainer was brilliant.

A fully qualified teacher with training experience.

Enric Domingo - University of Oxford, Department of Oncology

Bio Course Events - District of Columbia

Code Name Venue Duration Course Date PHP Course Price [Remote / Classroom]
mdlbiostruct Modeling of Biological Structures DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Mon, Apr 17 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
geneticsint Introduction to Genetics DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 14 hours Thu, Apr 20 2017, 9:30 am $3580 / $5750
bioinfbas Basics of Bioinformatics DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Mon, Apr 24 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
statsres Statistics for Researchers DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 35 hours Mon, May 15 2017, 9:30 am $8950 / $13100
progbio Programming for Biologists DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 28 hours Tue, Jun 6 2017, 9:30 am $7160 / $10650
sccomm Scientific Communication DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 14 hours Thu, Jun 15 2017, 9:30 am $3580 / $5750
mdlbiostruct Modeling of Biological Structures DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Mon, Jun 19 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
drugdsg Drug Design DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Wed, Jun 21 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
bioinfbas Basics of Bioinformatics DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Wed, Jun 21 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
geneticsint Introduction to Genetics DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 14 hours Thu, Jun 22 2017, 9:30 am $3580 / $5750
statsres Statistics for Researchers DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 35 hours Mon, Jul 10 2017, 9:30 am $8950 / $13100
progbio Programming for Biologists DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 28 hours Mon, Jul 31 2017, 9:30 am $7160 / $10650
sccomm Scientific Communication DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 14 hours Mon, Aug 7 2017, 9:30 am $3580 / $5750
mdlbiostruct Modeling of Biological Structures DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Wed, Aug 9 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
drugdsg Drug Design DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Mon, Aug 14 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
bioinfbas Basics of Bioinformatics DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Wed, Aug 16 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
geneticsint Introduction to Genetics DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 14 hours Wed, Aug 16 2017, 9:30 am $3580 / $5750
statsres Statistics for Researchers DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 35 hours Mon, Sep 11 2017, 9:30 am $8950 / $13100
progbio Programming for Biologists DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 28 hours Mon, Sep 25 2017, 9:30 am $7160 / $10650
sccomm Scientific Communication DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 14 hours Tue, Sep 26 2017, 9:30 am $3580 / $5750
mdlbiostruct Modeling of Biological Structures DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Wed, Oct 4 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
bioinfbas Basics of Bioinformatics DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Wed, Oct 11 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
drugdsg Drug Design DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 21 hours Wed, Oct 11 2017, 9:30 am $5370 / $8200
geneticsint Introduction to Genetics DC, Washington – 2200 Pennsylvania 14 hours Mon, Oct 16 2017, 9:30 am $3580 / $5750

Course Outlines

Code Name Duration Outline
geneticsint Introduction to Genetics 14 hours

This course has been created for people who want to make reasonable decisions related to genetics, e.g.:

  • managers introducing new products using genetically modified plants
  • researchers whose main area or expertise is not genetics but they need to feed the results of genetic research into their work
  • computer programmers who are going to deal with data related to DNA
  • forensic experts, judges, lawyers, who need to make decisions based on DNA profiling (aka DNA testing or DNA matching)

It can be helpful for people who simply want to understand how genetics works.

It is a more narrative course in terms of the story, starting from the very origin of life and explaining how our genetic code has evolved over time and how can we trace the ancestry of human evolution.

Using the story of evolution, the trainer introduces you into scientific lingo and explains the workings of genes, DNA and RNA, heredity and natural selection.

The lecture is intertwined with simple exercises, quizzes and tests to make sure you understood the concepts and facts.

This course does not cover moral, political or religious point of view of genetics, but presents confirmed facts, not theories or conjectures.

The Evolution

  • History of Earth
  • History of Life
  • How can we be so sure about "LUCA", the last universal common ancestor.
  • How to read molecular sequences
  • Why evolution is an established scientific fact, not a theory
  • The "Cauldron" and appearance of RNA
  • How primitive forms of life exchange their genetic code
  • What can we read from fossil vestiges
  • Two groups of bacteria
  • How organism became multicellular
  • From bacteria to humans

How an organism work

  • Metabolism
  • How energy is extracted and used
  • Reproduction
  • Development
  • Mutations and evolution
  • Is natural selection a theory or a fact?

Brief history of homo sapiens

  • How do we know that we come from Africa?
  • Prehumans (2mln years ago)
  • Human brain and neurons
  • The price for big brain
  • Modern humans
  • Genes and race
  • Modern evidence of evolution

Human DNA

  • Genome, genetics, DNA, RNA and chromosomes explained
  • Tracing maternal ancestors, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA Tests)
  • Tracing male ancestors (Y Line Tests, Y chromosomal DNA test)
  • How cloning works?
  • DNA matching, how a genetic code of a single cell related to a person DNA
  • The Gnome project
  • What causes Cancer
  • HIV and AIDS

Genetics and the Industry

  • How can we change the DNA to improve food production
  • The history of penicillin, we do not have to do it at random
  • Genetics and live stock, current state and the future
  • Genetics and drug production
statsres Statistics for Researchers 35 hours

This course aims to give researchers an understanding of the principles of statistical design and analysis and their relevance to research in a range of scientific disciplines.

It covers some probability and statistical methods, mainly through examples. This training contains around 30% of lectures, 70% of guided quizzes and labs.

In the case of closed course we can tailor the examples and materials to a specific branch (like psychology tests, public sector, biology, genetics, etc...)

In the case of public courses, mixed examples are used.

Though various software is used during this course (Microsoft Excel to SPSS, Statgraphics, etc...) its main focus is on understanding principles and processes guiding research, reasoning and conclusion.

This course can be delivered as a blended course i.e. with homework and assignments.

Scientific Method, Probability & Statistics

  • Very short history of statistics
  • Why can be "confident" about the conclusions
  • Probability and decision making

Preparation for research (deciding "what" and "how")

  • The big picture: research is a part of a process with inputs and outputs
  • Gathering data
  • Questioners and measurement
  • What to measure
  • Observational Studies
  • Design of Experiments
  • Analysis of Data and Graphical Methods
  • Research Skills and Techniques
  • Research Management

Describing Bivariate Data

  • Introduction to Bivariate Data
  • Values of the Pearson Correlation
  • Guessing Correlations Simulation
  • Properties of Pearson's r
  • Computing Pearson's r
  • Restriction of Range Demo
  • Variance Sum Law II
  • Exercises

Probability

  • Introduction
  • Basic Concepts
  • Conditional Probability Demo
  • Gamblers Fallacy Simulation
  • Birthday Demonstration
  • Binomial Distribution
  • Binomial Demonstration
  • Base Rates
  • Bayes' Theorem Demonstration
  • Monty Hall Problem Demonstration
  • Exercises

Normal Distributions

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Areas of Normal Distributions
  • Varieties of Normal Distribution Demo
  • Standard Normal
  • Normal Approximation to the Binomial
  • Normal Approximation Demo
  • Exercises

Sampling Distributions

  • Introduction
  • Basic Demo
  • Sample Size Demo
  • Central Limit Theorem Demo
  • Sampling Distribution of the Mean
  • Sampling Distribution of Difference Between Means
  • Sampling Distribution of Pearson's r
  • Sampling Distribution of a Proportion
  • Exercises

Estimation

  • Introduction
  • Degrees of Freedom
  • Characteristics of Estimators
  • Bias and Variability Simulation
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Exercises

Logic of Hypothesis Testing

  • Introduction
  • Significance Testing
  • Type I and Type II Errors
  • One- and Two-Tailed Tests
  • Interpreting Significant Results
  • Interpreting Non-Significant Results
  • Steps in Hypothesis Testing
  • Significance Testing and Confidence Intervals
  • Misconceptions
  • Exercises

Testing Means

  • Single Mean
  • t Distribution Demo
  • Difference between Two Means (Independent Groups)
  • Robustness Simulation
  • All Pairwise Comparisons Among Means
  • Specific Comparisons
  • Difference between Two Means (Correlated Pairs)
  • Correlated t Simulation
  • Specific Comparisons (Correlated Observations)
  • Pairwise Comparisons (Correlated Observations)
  • Exercises

Power

  • Introduction
  • Example Calculations
  • Factors Affecting Power
  • Exercises

Prediction

  • Introduction to Simple Linear Regression
  • Linear Fit Demo
  • Partitioning Sums of Squares
  • Standard Error of the Estimate
  • Prediction Line Demo
  • Inferential Statistics for b and r
  • Exercises

ANOVA

  • Introduction
  • ANOVA Designs
  • One-Factor ANOVA (Between-Subjects)
  • One-Way Demo
  • Multi-Factor ANOVA (Between-Subjects)
  • Unequal Sample Sizes
  • Tests Supplementing ANOVA
  • Within-Subjects ANOVA
  • Power of Within-Subjects Designs Demo
  • Exercises

Chi Square

  • Chi Square Distribution
  • One-Way Tables
  • Testing Distributions Demo
  • Contingency Tables
  • 2 x 2 Table Simulation
  • Exercises

Case Studies

Analysis of selected case studies

drugdsg Drug Design 21 hours

This course has been created for people who want to understand the basics of structural bioinformatics including protein-ligand docking and virtual screening, i.e.:

  • Researchers whose main area or expertise is not a structural bioinformatics, but they want to broaden their knowledge in this field
  • Computer programmers who are going to deal with structural data (crystal structures, PDB format files, modeling pipelines) or with docking/virtual screening software
  • Biology, biotechnology and bioinformatics students who want to expand their knowledge into structural bioinformatics and molecular interactions

This course is more like a workshop. The trainer introduces theoretical bases as well as basic pipeline for structure modeling and molecular interactions.

Biological structures

  • Structure and function of DNA, RNA and proteins
  • Information provided by 3D structures
  • General methods of solving protein structures

Structural databases and formats

  • Protein Data Bank
  • PubChem and ZINC libraries
  • Structural file formats

Protein-ligand docking

  • Representation of macromolecules and ligands
  • Search methods and flexibility of objects
  • Scoring methods
  • Useful data in docking
  • DOCK6 approach of protein-ligand docking
  • Virtual screening
  • Examples
mdlbiostruct Modeling of Biological Structures 21 hours

This is a practical workshop, which will introduce basics of molecular modelling of proteins, RNA and DNA. It is well suited for people with biological background, with knowledge in molecular biology, who want to learn how to predict 3D structures of proteins, RNA and DNA molecules.

It is especially suitable for:

  • Researchers working in experimental laboratories on structure determination or analysis
  • Scientists whose main area of expertise is not biology, but they need to cope with the results of structural biology research
  • Managers introducing new products (e.g. drugs) who want to broaden their knowledge about novel techniques and possibilities in the field of drug design, structural biology and bioinformatics
  • Computer programmers who are going to write programs dealing with biomolecules.

The course is divided into theoretical and practical parts. The lecture is interwoven with simple practical exercises, quizzes and tests to make sure attendees understand the concepts.

During the training you will be taught how to use software dedicated for building 3D models. Furthermore, we will show how to improve and assess models.

During the course we will present various software and different approaches used in novel structure modelling techniques. Our aim is to facilitate your understanding of modelling principles, reasoning and structure-based conclusion making process.

By the end of the course you will be able to prepare a 3D structure model of protein, RNA or DNA molecules of reasonable standard.

Protein Modelling

  • Two main approaches in 3D structure modelling de novo, homology
  • Homology modelling basics background, techniques, software
  • Choosing a template
  • Alignment preparation
  • Preparing a model
  • Model assessment

RNA Modelling

  • Types of modelling de novo, homology
  • Homology modelling basics background, techniques, software
  • Choosing a template
  • Alignment preparation
  • Preparing a model
  • Model assessment
progbio Programming for Biologists 28 hours

This is a practical course, which shows why programming is a powerful tool in the context of solving biological problems. During the course participants will be taught the Python programming language, a language widely considered both powerful as well as easy to use. This course might be considered as a demonstration how bioinformatics improves biologists lives.

The course is designed and aimed for people without computer science background who want to learn programming.

This course is suited for:

  • Researchers dealing with biological data.
  • Scientists who would like to learn how to automate everyday tasks and analyse data.
  • Managers who want to learn how programming improves workflows and conducting projects.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to write short programs, which will allow them to manipulate, analyse and deal with biological data and present results in a graphical format.

Introduction to the Python programming language

  • Why Python?
  • Using Python to deal with biological data
  • Working with the iPython shell
  • Your first programme
  • Writing Python scripts
  • Importing modules

Working with protein and RNA/DNA sequences

  • Finding motives
  • Transcription and translation in silico
  • Handling sequence alignments

Parsing data in different biological formats

  • Parsing FASTA
  • Data format conversions

Running biological analyses

  • BLAST
  • Accessing biological web services

Dealing with biological 3D structures using Python

Python facilitates statistical analysis

Visualizing data

  • Creating bar and scatter plots
  • Calculating an Area Under Curve (AUC)

Working with .xls and .csv files

  • Importing data from and exporting to MS Excel / OpenOffice Calc
  • Writing .xls and .csv files

Using Python to create an automated data processing pipeline

sccomm Scientific Communication 14 hours

During this workshop participants will be familiarised with basics of scientific communication including ways of preparing presentations, short articles and posters promoting scientific results. The theoretical course is interwoven with simple practical exercises, quizzes and tests to make sure that participants understand the concepts.

During the training you will be taught how to present your results in a comprehensible and interesting way. By the end of the course you will be able to deliver a memorable speech and create a presentation that will be remembered.

The course has been designed for people who want to learn how to present their work in an interesting, clear, understandable and memorable way.

It has been designed especially for:

  • Researchers presenting their scientific results at conferences and workshops
  • Scientists applying for grants
  • Managers who want to introduce their ideas and plans in a scientific environment
  • Lecturers who want to learn how to run their courses in a professional way
  • General rules of scientific communication
  • Rules for preparing high quality scientific presentations
  • Rules for preparing understandable and effective scientific figures and posters
bioinfbas Basics of Bioinformatics 21 hours

This is a practical workshop, which will introduce basics of bioinformatics. It is aimed at people with basic biological background and knowledge in molecular biology, who want to learn how to process and work with biological data using computational tools. It has been designed especially for:

  • Researchers working in experimental laboratories on biological macromolecules proteins, RNA and DNA.
  • Scientists whose main area of expertise is not biology, but they need to cope with biological data.
  • Managers introducing new products (e.g. drugs), who want to broaden their knowledge about nowadays bioinformatics.
  • Computer programmers who are going to write programs dealing with biological molecules.

The course is divided into two parts: theoretical and practical. The lecture is interwoven with simple practical exercises, quizzes and tests to make sure that attendees understand the concepts.

During the training we will take you along a guided tour that covers all the basic aspects of biological data analysis. This workshop is an ideal opportunity to get familiar with bioinformatics and its many faces! At the end, you should be able to tackle any basic bioinformatics problem: you will know where to get the required data from, how to obtain relevant information and how basic software and algorithms work. Our aim is to facilitate your understanding of biological data.

By the end of the course you will be able to work with biological data using bioinformatics tools.

  • Introduction
  • Biological databases
  • Biological data formats
  • Sequence alignments
  • Dynamic programming
  • BLAST
  • PSI-BLAST / Multiple Sequence Alignments (MSA)
  • Phylogenetic analysis
mgmint Introduction to Microbial Genomics & Metagenomics 35 hours

This course will provide an introduction to microbial genomics. The content is intended to provide a basic hands-on training on data analysis, tools and resources for microbial bioinformatics and metagenomics.

Who are expected to attend?
Microbiologist, faculty, post doctorates, graduate students, research staff, and industry researchers interested in microbial genomics.

Format of the course
Topics will be delivered using a mixture of lectures (20%), practical sessions (60%) and open discussions (20%). 
Practical work during the course will use small example datasets, but it is possible to work on your personal data.
This course will be held in a computer lab, which has desktop computers running Microsoft Windows OS with high speed internet connection.  However, you can use your own laptop, only be sure you have Chrome or Firefox and have a recent version of Java installed. 

The course will highlight key web-based resources, approaches and methodologies for DNA sequence data analysis for microbial genomics. 
The major topics to be covered will include:

  1. 16S/18S metagenomics and species identification.  
  2. Multi locus sequence typing. 
  3. SNPs and plasmids profiling. 
  4. SNPs based phylogeny. 
  5. Prediction of antibiotics resistant mechanism. 

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