Workshop on “RNA-seq for gene expression analysis and virus detection”

University of Mauritius/H3ABioNet and CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland

6-10 November 2017

Venue: Bioinformatics Lab, Engineering Tower, University of Mauritius, Reduit

Deadline for applications: 20 October 2017


RNA seq is widely used for gene expression studies and virus detection. It is a powerful tool for discovery and quantification while having many applications. This course will introduce participants to the methods required for quantification, normalization and quality checks of NGS data resulting from RNA sequencing. Bioinformatics resources that enable researchers to process and analyse RNA seq data will be introduced.

The course will include the following:

1.1 RNA-seq data analysis with Chipster
RNA-seq data analysis methods, tools and file formats. It covers the whole workflow from quality control and alignment to quantification and differential expression analysis, and also experimental design is discussed. The free and user-friendly Chipster software is used in the exercises, so no previous knowledge of Unix or R is required, and the course is thus suitable for everybody

1.2. Animal and Plant virus detection using small RNA-seq data and Chipster
This hands-on course introduces the participants to the VirusDetect pipeline that can efficiently analyze largescale small RNA (sRNA) datasets for both known and novel virus identification. VirusDetect performs both reference-guided assemblies through aligning sRNA sequences to a curated virus reference database and de novo assemblies of sRNA sequences with automated parameter optimization and the option of host sRNA subtraction.


The application form can be found here: