Systems Biology Workshop 2018

May, 13 – 18 | St. Petersburg

Systems Biology Workshop 2018 will be held on May 13-18 in a countryside hotel near St. Petersburg, Russia.

For the fifth time Bioinformatics Institute, ITMO University and Washington University in St. Louis organize Systems Biology Workshop with invited lecturers from Washington University in St. Louis, Harvard University and Columbia University.

This practical course in computational and systems biology is focused on the cross-over from bioinformatics to experimental biology, highlighting biology underlying systems level data and corresponding experimental designs for data acquisition and hypothesis testing. We will consider approaches to generation of system level data ranging from gene expression, RNA-, ChiP-, and exome-sequencing up to high-throughput metabolomics and network-based data integration.

The workshop is focused on those who want to learn about computational & systems biology approaches and their applications. People from both academia and industry are invited to apply. Basic knowledge of biology and ability to work with Linux command line is required.

Attendees of the workshop will be selected on a competitive basis.
Key dates

February 11

Early bird 10% discount
March 11

Application deadline
March 21

Notification of acceptance
Workshop Format

A five-day workshop will take place at the country hotel near Saint Petersburg, Russia. Each day will consist of lectures and practical modules where students will be able to carry out simplified calculations and discuss biological implications of their results. The working languages of the workshop will be Russian and English.


  • Medical&Population Genetics
    GWAS&Exome Sequencing - from basics to phenotypes (BWA, PLINK, GATK, ExAc, gnomAD)

  • RNA-sequencing
    From basics of library preparations to counting gene expression and pathways analysis
    Discovering new biological phenotypes from gene expression data

  • Single-cell RNA-sequencing
    Understanding experimental design, data analysis and interpretation (focus on 10x). Walk-through examples from recently published papers

  • Proteomics
    Experimental design, data acquisition and data analysis. Examples of the state-of-the-art proteomics studies

  • Epigenetic regulation and understanding ChipSeq data
    Understanding the data and leveraging public resources: RoadMap Epigenomic, BluePrint, ENCODE, motif analysis etc.

  • Basics of Metabolomics
    Introduction into metabolomics, network based data integration, walk-through examples in immunometabolism

Evening informal lectures:

  • Informal history of discovering gene susceptibilities
  • From RNA to Protein and back
  • Battling creative challenges - parallels between directing movies and doing science (special appearance by our artistic friend from Serbia)
    Registration fees (include accommodation and meals for 5 days):

    Academic 35'000 rubles
    Corporate 60'000 rubles

    All participants are to pay a registration fee. The registration fee covers all the expenses: accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), coffee breaks, transfer to the venue, and materials.

    • 10% registration fee discount is provided for filing the application before February 11.
    • 30% discount for Bioinformatics Institute students and alumni.

    How to apply

    The application process is closed.
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