Transcriptomics Analysis: RNA-seq

08 - 10 May 2023
Application deadline:
24 April 2023

Cancellation deadline:
24 April 2023
Paolo Angelino and Gustavo Ruiz Buendia
Omics data analysis
0.75 credits

No future instance of this course is planned yet

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This three-day course will provide an overview of the RNA-seq analysis pipeline, as well as the downstream analysis of the resulting data using bioconductor packages in R. The course will cover the following topics:

  • The structure of an RNAseq analysis pipeline:
    • Raw data quality check;
    • RNAseq reads alignment;
    • Gene Expression level quantification and normalization by reads counting;
    • De novo Transcripts reconstruction and differential splicing.
  • Overview of downstream analysis
    • Differential Expression analysis with R/Bioconductor packages;
    • Class discovery: usage of Principal Component Analysis, Clustering, Heatmaps, Gene Set Enrichment Analysis in RNA-seq analysis.

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques will not be covered in this course; experimental design as well as the statistical methods will not be detailed in this course.


Life scientists who are new in the RNA-seq data field but have some R and statistical knowledge.


Knowledge / competencies

  • Participants should already have a basic knowledge of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques; this course will discuss only the data analysis steps and not the data generation.
  • A basic knowledge in statistics is required. Participants should know about p-values, student T-test, multiple testing correction and classification, PCA.
  • A basic knowledge of R is also required. Participants should know how to read files, run PCA, do classification, visualise heatmaps using R command lines.
  • A basis knowledge of Unix is also required.


  • A Wi-Fi enabled laptop with the latest version of R and Bioconductor installed. Participants with windows machines should have enabled WLS2, so they can run linux software

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • run a RNA-seq pipeline on a small dataset composed of two groups;
  • describe an RNA-seq experimental design;
  • describe pseudo-alignments and alignment software;
  • estimate data quality;
  • normalise counts;
  • know and understand the essential steps of a simple gene expression analysis issued from RNA sequencing;
  • manipulate gene expression matrices and differential expression tables;
  • perform a differential expression analysis based on R/Bioconductor packages (DeSeq2, ...).


9:00 - 10:30 - Introduction to RNA sequencing
10:30 - 10:45 - Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:30 - RNAseq analysis pipeline, part I
12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 - RNAseq analysis pipeline, part II
15:00 - 15:15 - Coffee break
15:15 - 17:00 - Practicals

9:00 - 10:30 - Differential Expression analysis
10:30 - 10:45 - Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:30 - Differential splicing
12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 - Practicals
15:00 - 15:15 - Coffee break
15:15 - 17:00 – Practicals

9:00 - 10:30 - Differential Expression analysis with DESEQ2
10:30 - 10:45 - Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:30 - Downstream analysis
12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 - Practicals
15:00 - 15:15 - Coffee break
15:15 - 17:00 - Practicals


This course is now full.

Registration fees are 300 CHF for academics and 1500 CHF for for-profit companies.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation, and you will be asked to complete the payment of the registration fees within 5 days.

Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set to 24/04/2023. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to this and other general conditions, available here.

Venue and Time

This course will only be streamed online.

It will start at 9:00 CET and end around 17:00 CET.

Precise information will be provided to the participants before the course.

Additional information

Coordination: Valeria Di Cola, SIB Training Group.

We will recommend 0.75 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

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