Analysis and Interpretation of Bulk RNA-Seq Data using Bioconductor

Van Andel Institute

Jul 22-23, 2024

9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

Instructors: Jenny Drnevich, Tim Triche, Charlotte Hutchings

Helpers: Maria Doyle

General Information


Bioconductor Carpentries develops and teaches workshops on the fundamental data skills needed to conduct omics data analysis. Its target audience is experimental researchers who have little to no prior computational experience, and its lessons are domain specific, building on learners' existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Good Enough Practices for Scientific Computing".

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. This lesson assumes you have a working knowledge of R and some previous exposure to RStudio. The following prerequisites apply:

Learner profiles of hypothetical attendees of the RNA-Seq workshop can be found on this page.

Participants should bring their own laptops and plan to participate actively.

Where: Room 3104-5, Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Jul 22-23, 2024. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they are able to install software on (i.e., administrative privileges). They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. For workshops at a physical location, the workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email or for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.


This is an in-person workshop only. Virtual attendance is not possible.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Bioconductor activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.


Day 1

Morning Workshop Overview
Introduction to RNA-seq
Experimental design
Afternoon Importing and annotating quantified data into R
Exploratory analysis and quality control
Evening END

Day 2

MorningDifferential expression analysis
AfternoonGene set analysis
Next steps


To participate in a Bioconductor workshop workshop, you will need access to software as described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.

The setup instructions for the R/Bioconductor RNAseq workshop can be found at the workshop overview site.