First Steps with UNIX in Life Sciences

Date 9 October 2018
Speaker(s) Diana Marek, Grégoire Rossier
ECTS 0.25
Cancellation deadline 2 Oct 2018
Application Upcoming
City Lausanne


With a constant evolution of technologies, life scientists (such as laboratory biologists) are faced with an increasing need for bioinformatics skills to deal with high-throughput data storage, retrieval and analysis.

Although several resources developed for such tasks have a web interface (most of the time, the first choice of biologists), many operations can be more efficiently handled with command-line programs and utilities.


This course is addressed to beginners wanting to become familiar with the UNIX environment and master the most common commands, which could be useful to run software dedicated to high-throughput data management.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course you should:

  • be able to execute most basic UNIX commands
  • be able to build complex and combined commands using various parameters
  • be sufficiently skilled for further courses requiring basics of UNIX, like HPC or NGS courses


Knowledge / competencies

As it is a course for beginners, no background in UNIX or any programming language is required.


A laptop with at least 10 Go free on hard disk and 4 Go of RAM. As we plan to do exercises from a virtual machine, we will provide further information on due time.


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Venue and time

University of Lausanne, Génopode building, classroom 2020 (Metro M1 line, Sorge station).

The course will start at 9:00 and end around 17:00. Precise information will be provided to the participants on due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Training Group

We will recommend 0.25 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

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