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BroadE 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


Scale with Hail 0.2: A hands-on tutorial for genomic analysis
This hands-on Hail 0.2 tutorial will be led by members of the Hail team, based in the Neale lab in the Stanley Center.  
Hail is an open-source, general-purpose, Python-based data analysis tool with additional data types and methods for working with genomic data. Similar to the R or Python scientific computing stacks, Hail supports data frame queries, statistics, linear algebra, and plotting, both interactively and with scripts. Unlike these stacks, Hail:
- scales from laptop to large compute cluster or cloud, with the same code
- is designed to work with datasets that do not fit in memory
- has first-class support for multi-dimensional structured data, like genomic data
At Broad, Hail is the analytical engine behinds dozens of studies, the Genome Aggregation Database (, and the Neale lab mega-GWAS ( Beyond Broad, Hail is used by academia and industry on data ranging from mouse models to GTEx.
Target audience: Scientists analyzing genomic variant datasets and their relationship to phenotypes, gene expression, or other data. Participants may pre-install Hail or access it via the cloud in their browser.


Friday, Jan. 25
Registration is closed
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