General Information

Purdue University is pleased to announce the second Annual NIH-funded Boot Camp on “Big data training for translational omics research” in West Lafayette, IN on June 15 – 24, 2018. This 9-day intensive Boot Camp will provide biomedical researchers inexperienced in biomedical big data science with entry level training in big data science. The Boot Camp will use a series of problem-based activities to build familiarity and basic competency with established tools and publically available resources. These activities will be complemented by formal lectures on topics important for big data science. The course is open to faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students.

The educational goals of the Boot Camp are to:

  • Raise participant awareness and knowledge of the value of big data in biomedical research
  • Build basic competency of participants in the use of established tools and public databases
  • Give participant a vocabulary that allows them to effectively communicate with big data science experts

Boot Camp Topics include:

  • Using public databases and tools
  • Differential expression analysis using RNA arrays and RNA-seq data
  • Use of Next Generation Sequencing data for RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, and epigenetics.
  • Visualization and functional assessment of data
  • Use of “omics” data for Biomarker discovery
  • Integrating multiple types of omics data
  • Building an understanding of GWAS and how genetic variation influences biology and disease

Prerequisites for the Boot Camp:

  • A semester-long statistics course or equivalent
  • Demonstration that you are actively working in biomedical research
  • Graduate students must have passed their preliminary/admission to candidacy exam

We will host 30 participants in the Boot Camp.  There is no cost for tuition, lodging or meals! In addition, travel scholarships are available for a limited number of participants.  Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Apply online at:

To apply, please provide the following materials

  • NIH biosketch
  • A statement of how this Boot Camp will benefit your research
  • A recommendation letter from your advisor for graduate students
  • A statement on why you need the travel scholarship



We will also host an online training program on "Big data training for translational omics research". Here is the link to it:

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