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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


CRISPR in a nutshell
  1. Introduction to CRISPR-Cas systems and basic genome editing methodologies (focusing on Cas9), including guide design, in vitro and in vivo delivery, and assaying results
  2. Guide to CRISPR-Cas9-based screening applications (both loss- and gain-of-function)
  3. Overview of frontiers in genome editing, including therapeutic delivery modes, approaches to enhancing specificity, and novel RNA-guided RNA-targeting enzymes

Each module will be followed by ample time for questions to ensure that participants get detailed advice tailored to their specific needs


September 18

Overview and Interpretation of GTEx resources: eQTLs and gene expression



  Date: TBD
Using Morpheus for Matrix Visualization and Analysis
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to use Morpheus, a web-based application for matrix visualization and analysis. Participants will learn how to interact with multiple data types (e.g., gene expression and mutation in a heat-map-based view) and how to cluster, sort, and filter their data. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own data.
  October 12
2:00-3:15 pm
Genetic Perturbations for Functional Genomics: RNAi, CRISPRs, ORFs Description and official title TBD ;   October 16
CellProfiler: Learn to analyze 1 image or a 1,000,000
Microscopy and image processing methods improve every year. As the capacity to acquire and analyze images continues to grow, so too does CellProfiler, an open-source, freely-downloadable software designed for large-scale, automated phenotypic image analysis. Workshop attendees will learn the fundamentals of building CellProfiler pipelines to analyze image data, and will gain knowledge of the following:
  • Basics of image analysis.
  • Obtaining measurements from objects.
  • Basics of machine-learning for phenotype identification.

This hands-on introduction to CellProfiler will be followed by case-studies on HCS and cell-type classification. At the end of the workshop there will be a breakout session where attendees will receive guidance on analyzing their own image data. If you are curious about automating the analysis of your microscopy data or want to become familiar with "what's possible," come to the workshop and see what's new in CellProfiler for 2017.



October 19

Hail   October 31
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