Course overview:

The H3Africa initiative is aimed at studying the genomic and environmental determinants of disease in Africa. The goals of H3Africa are to enhance the necessary genomic expertise among African scientists and to encourage collaborations between African investigators by supporting infrastructure development and research projects.

H3ABioNet aims to create a sustainable African Bioinformatics Network to support and promote the development of bioinformatics capacity within Africa, by training the next generation of students in bioinformatics. To achieve this vision, H3ABioNet will be hosting a five week training workshop in bioinformatics aimed at students registered for a postgraduate academic degree in bioinformatics or a related discipline from the H3ABioNet Nodes and H3Africa projects from the 21st of April to the 26th of May 2014 at the Covenant University Bioinformatics Research (CUBRe) unit in Ota, Nigeria.

Keywords: Biological data resources, Data handling, Sequence analysis, Genomics

Skill level of training: Beginner

Language: English

Credential awarded:  no credential awarded

Type of training: face-to-face / in person

Intended audience:

The H3ABioNet Postgraduate workshop is aimed at developing a core set of specialised skills amongst registered postgraduate students within H3ABioNet and H3Africa projects to provide them with practical training in a variety of introductory bioinformatics topics to complement their ongoing research and education and strengthen the bioinformatics capacity within their Node/group.

Syllabus and tools:

The H3ABioNet Postgraduate workshop will run over 5 weeks (6 days a week) and will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of a range of core bioinformatics modules which include:

  • Introduction to Linux
  • Python programming
  • Introduction to bioinformatics resources
  • Biostatistics and R
  • Database creation and data mining
  • Bioinformatics workflows and pipelines
  • Introduction to NGS tools and variant calling

H3ABioNet Postgraduate workshop prerequisites:

Successful applicants would be required to complete some prerequisites which may include on-line courses prior to the commencement of the H3ABioNet 2014 Postgraduate workshop. Participants would be notified of these requirements upon admission.

H3ABioNet Postgraduate workshop objectives:

The H3ABioNet 2014 Postgraduate workshop is aimed at providing post graduate students registered for an academic degree and are working on research projects with a significant component of bioinformatics with the necessary grounding in core bioinformatics topics. The H3ABioNet 2014 Postgraduate workshop aims to equip these individuals with the necessary skills to continue their ongoing bioinformatics education, further learn on topics that are of interest to them and apply the skills learnt to their academic research projects.

H3ABioNet Postgraduate workshop outline

The H3ABioNet 2014 Postgraduate workshop comprises a number of modules that will span a 5 week period and include both theoretical lectures and practical sessions for registered students to learn and develop their theoretical and practical skills and provide a foundation for participants to develop their bioinformatics knowledge. A tentative timetable for the H3ABioNet 2014 Postgraduate workshop is provided below:



Topic taught

Period Topic is Taught

Dates for Topic being taught

Dr Oyelade and Mrs Itunu Isewon

Introduction to linux and Python programing

Week 1

21st April to 25th April

Shaun Aron

Introduction to bioinformatics resources, Sequence alignment, and proteomics resources

Week 2

28th April to 2nd May

Dr. Jean-Baka Domelevo Entfellner

Introduction to Biostatistics

Week 3

 5th May to 9th May

Dr. Takafumi Yamaguchi and Dr. Lawrence Heisler


Week 4

12th May to 16th May

Dr. Segun Fatumo


Week 4

16th May, 19th May

Dr. Kais Ghedira and Dr. Amel Ghoulia

Databases, mining and analysis workflows / pipelines

Week 5

19th May to 23rd May

Dr Oyelade and Miss Itunu Ewejobi

Python programming for 3 hours every day

Throughout the workshop

28th April to 24th May


Training Materials Availability:

Training materials for this course are available as a single downloadable archive here: Should you re-use any of these materials, please ensure that both the author/s of the material AND H3ABioNet are clearly credited.