Broad Workshops

Demand for BroadE workshops is so high that they often fill quickly. To manage demand, we are continuing to increase the number of times we offer our workshops, and we have implemented a one-week registration period for all BroadE workshops. Participants are selected from the pool of applicants who register during this period.

Everyone who registers has an equal chance of being accepted. Registrants are given a priority number at random, and registrants with high priority numbers are put on a participant list. This list may be revised to ensure that BroadE workshops reach a diverse group of Broadies based on the following factors:

  • the applicant’s home institution
  • the applicant’s lab
  • whether the applicant has previously participated in this particular workshop
  • whether the applicant was previously waitlisted for this particular workshop
  • whether the applicant was previously selected to attend this particular workshop and failed to attend without notifying the BroadE organizers

We offer our most popular workshops several times throughout the year. If you are not selected to attend a workshop the first time you register, we encourage you to apply for a future session. 


Upcoming Workshops

Integrative Genomics Analysis with GenePattern
In a hands-on format, participants will learn to use the GenePattern platform for integrative genomics analysis. GenePattern includes an intuitive graphical user interface for users at all levels of computational sophistication; a repository of hundreds of tools for the analysis of gene expression, sequence variation, proteomics, and more; and a “pipeline” environment that allows users to chain tasks together to encapsulate and share their research as reproducible workflows. A new GenePattern Notebook environment, based on the popular Jupyter Notebook system, allows users to interleave text, graphics, and analyses into unified “research narratives” that can be shared and published.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to:
  • navigate the GenePattern environment
  • analyze and visualize gene expression (including RNA-seq) and other genomic data
  • create reproducible pipelines of their research
  • create research narratives with the GenePattern Notebook environment
  June 16 Register

Registration closes Friday, May 27, 2016 at 5pm.
ChIP-seq: From lab process to integrative analysis
This will be a whirlwind tour of the ChIP-seq method from some Broad experts. It will cover the fundamentals of why we do ChIP, how we do ChIP, and how we interpret the data from ChIP-seq at both a primary level (getting to tracks we can display in a genome browser) and an integrative level. Finally, it will touch upon applications of ChIP-seq in research, illustrating the power of the method to reveal fundamental processes and mechanisms, in a way that is complementary to insights from genetic and transcriptomic analyses.

Along the way we will highlight best practices and share pointers to relevant resources, including web sites that describe laboratory methods, antibody validation resources, and public ChIP-seq data repositories. The intended audience includes everyone from curious people to post-docs who are interested in incorporating ChIP-seq methods in their research. 
  May 25   Registration is closed
Using GeNets for network based analyses of genomic & proteomic data
We regret to inform you that due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, we must cancel this workshop. We anticipate offering it again later this year, and we hope that you will be able to join then.
The recent advances in genomics and proteomics have produced many lists of genes and proteins likely to be involved in disease processes, but the molecular networks they integrate into remain obscure in many cases. This limits our progress towards biological insight and therapeutic intervention. Computational analyses that systematically integrate such lists with biological networks (i.e., networks in which genes are connected if they are functionally associated in transcriptional, protein-protein interaction, phylogenetic or text mining data) have emerged as a powerful approach to functionally interpret gene sets emerging from many different technological platforms.

This BroadE workshop will introduce the audience to the Broad Institute web platform for Genome Networks - GeNets - a new unified and flexible web platform for analyzing, integrating, and visualizing gene sets using any biological network. Through GeNets, users can easily share interactive network analyses with collaborators and obtain publication-grade figures of the results.
  March 25   Canceled
Primer on Medical and Population Genetics
The Primer on Medical and Population Genetics series includes informal discussions of basic topics relevant to medical and population genetics by speakers drawn from across the Broad community. The target audience includes technicians, grad students, postdocs and established investigators just entering the field of complex trait genetics with the goal of bringing all up to speed on basic principles of human genetic variation, genotyping and sequencing methods, statistics, and analysis.

Please note: When the weekly MPG meeting is cancelled (due to weather, conflicting events, etc.) Primers are also cancelled.
September - January

  No Registration Necessary