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BioCurious Message Board › Meetup details changed: DIYbioinformatics

Meetup details changed: DIYbioinformatics

Eri G.
Group Organizer
Palo Alto, CA
We've had several new lightning talks added to the slate. Check them out on­ or below.

Let me know if you're interested in giving a 10 min lightning talk!


  • Basic BLAST workshop - Doug Hershberger
  • Next Generation Sequencing workflow and analysis - Darryl Leon
  • PROSITE and Pfam protein family database - Jon Rodriguez
  • Bioconductor for next-gen sequence analysis - Cory Barr
  • Creating Diverse Interfaces for the BIOFAB's Electronic Datasheets - Cesar Rodriguez (BIOFAB)


Basic BLAST workshop - Doug Hershberger

Follow along on your wifi computer as we explore BLAST, the number one tool for predicting the function of unknown genes by homology. We will discuss, the basic theory behind predicting function based on homology. Tackle a real world example. Discuss the different databases available for searching and the impacts they can have on your results. We will finish up with an example of determining the difference between two proteins with similar but distinct structures and functions.

Next Generation Sequencing workflow and analysis - Darryl Leon

A single NGS workflow will be reviewed, and you can follow along with your laptop. You will learn about how to use Galaxy (NGS tool box) for mapping reads to a reference genome, and you will be able to see your mapped reads in IGV ( a genome viewer). This tutorial is ideal for beginners to the NGS world.

PROSITE and Pfam protein family databases - Jon Rodriguez

Have the sequence of a protein that you've discovered or designed, and want to predict its function? The PROSITE and Pfam databases let you take any amino acid or DNA sequence and find out which "family" of proteins it codes for. Thus you can look up which well-studied proteins are related to yours, providing a starting point for your investigation!

Bioconductor for next-gen sequence analysis - Cory Barr

Biotech corporations are relying heavily on open-source software for bioinformatics and computational biology. In this presentation, we'll explore a major open-source project for next-gen sequencing analysis: the Bioconductor project. We'll see how major research centers are using and investing in it. We'll also see how you can begin using it yourself.

Creating Diverse Interfaces for the BIOFAB's Electronic Datasheets - Cesar Rodriguez (BIOFAB)

At the International Open Facility for the Advancement of Biotechnology (BIOFAB), we are creating open-source libraries of standard biological parts. We are providing design information and performance data for the parts via the Internet in the form of "electronic datasheets". The electronic datasheets are presently implemented as a client-web service application composed of the Data Access Client (DAC) and the Data Access Web Service (DAWS). Due to the client-web services architecture, other client applications can consume and display the data and information provided by the DAWS. I'm encouraging the emergence of a diverse ecosystem of client applications that provide creative interfaces for the DAWS. For example, I'd like to see the development of an iPad and/or Android tablet -based client application. It'll be a treat to see what novel creations emerge!

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 7:00 PM

Where: Institute for the Future
124 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Yes".)

You can always get in touch with me through the Contact Us link on Meetup.
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