Bioinformatics Training and Education Program

On-line Classes

BTEP is currently running on-line classes to enable CCR scientists to learn computer and bioinformatics skills remotely.  We are using two on-line resources as the basis of each class and have added bi-weekly interactive learning sessions via Webex.

“Bioinformatics for Beginners” with the Biostar Handbook   (April 2020) This course is designed for learners who have no previous experience with bioinformatics analysis of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data and want to learn basic bioinformatics topics and skills. This course contains a chapter on the Unix command line, but does not teach specific programming languages like R or python. For those skills, please see the DataQuest course.

If interested in this class, please send email to

Topics include:

  • Unix command line
  • Data sources and formats (fasta, fastq)
  • Visualizing data
  • Sequence and gene ontology
  • Reproducibility
  • Sequencing instruments, data and quality control
  • BLAST and short read alignment
  • Genomic variation and variation calling
  • RNA-Seq principles and example


  1. Learners will read materials assigned on a weekly basis.
  2. Learners will do class exercises
  3. Learners will post questions and comments to an online “Question & Answer” forum that is specific to the class
  4. Learners will participate in regularly scheduled “Question & Answer” sessions (WebEx)

If you are interested in getting a Dataquest license, please send email to

DataQuest for learning programming skills (available by 4/25, approximately)
This online learning platform includes topics in programming (Unix, R, Python), statistics, machine learning, SQL databases, Git version control and more.

This platform is designed for learners with no previous programming experience, who want to gain skills in programming as a foundation for learning bioinformatics. It includes lessons from the beginner to intermediate level, with some advanced topics.

If you are interested in getting a Dataquest license, please send email to


  1. Learners will work online at their own pace using the DataQuest website for a minimum of 2 hours per week
  2. Learners will submit questions and comments to the online “Question & Answer” forum
  3. Learners will participate in regularly scheduled online “Question & Answer” sessions (WebEx)

You must submit an application and be approved to get a DataQuest license. Learners are expected to make progress every week. If a license has been assigned and it is not being used, that license may be recycled to another learner. Licenses last for one year.

To see the entire DataQuest course catalog, please see