Gene expression made useful easily: tools and database of Bgee (lectures and practicals)

27 April 2020
Cancellation deadline:
22 April 2020
Frédéric Bastian, Marc Robinson-Rechavi, Julien Wollbrett, Sara Fonseca Costa
0.25 credits

No future instance of this course is planned yet

The videos of the lectures can be found in the SIB YouTube channel.


This is a course on bioinformatics resources taught by the developers of the resources. Bgee is a curated database of gene expression in animals, including model species such as human, mouse or drosophila, and others such as primates or fishes. These data are available through a web interface and an R package. Bgee also includes tools which use these data, such as TopAnat or Expression Comparison, and allow integration with users own data.

In this course, we will present the curated and pre-analysed gene expression data in Bgee. We will also make use of the Bgee companion tools, Bgee’s online functionalities, and Bgee R packages to retrieve data and integrate them into one’s own workflow (e.g. RNA-seq analysis R script).


This course is target to any life scientists who would need to retrieve gene expression information or obtain expression-based knowledge on genes of interest.

Learning objectives

After the course, participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish types of expression data and the added value of curation, annotation, and consistent analysis.
  • Explain the steps of gene expression analysis.
  • Retrieve precomputed gene expression data through the web.
  • Obtain expert knowledge of the online tools of Bgee (run analyses knowing which options to use, what are the consequences of choices of data to put in, what is more or less reliable or powerful).
  • Apply the Bgee R tools and their integration into own workflows.
  • Analyse data from species or conditions absent from Bgee
  • Interpret biological results obtained with Bgee and associated tools.


Knowledge / competencies

Basic knowledge of R is required for some exercises.


This course will be streamed, you are thus required to have your own computer with an internet connection.


9:00-12:15 CET time zone - Online lectures (Frédéric Bastian and Marc Robinson-Rechavi)

  • 9:00-9:15 Welcome
  • 9:15-10:00 Overview of Bgee
  • 10.00-10:15 Questions and answers
  • 10:15-11:00 Manipulating integrated data
  • 11:00-11:15 Questions and answers
  • 11:15-12:00 Manipulating processed data
  • 12:00-12:15 Questions and answers

12:15 - 13:15 CET time zone - Lunch break

13:15-17:15 Hands-on (Frédéric Bastian, Marc Robinson-Rechavi, Sara Fonseca and Julien Wollbrett)

  • 13:15-14:45 Bgee web tools
  • 14:45-15:00 break
  • 15:00-16:00 BgeeDB R package
  • 16:00-16:15 break
  • 16:15-17:00 BgeeCall R package

Venue and Time

This course will be streamed for registered participants.

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


The registration fees for academics are 60 CHF, and 300 CHF for participants from private companies.

Deadline for free-of-charge cancellation is set to 22/04/2020. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

If you are interested to attend the lectures only, apply here.

Additional information

Coordination: Patricia Palagi

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