Tailor-made bioinformatics training programs

We have been particularly leaders in training in NGS data analysis in India, and have conducted more than 15 hands-on training courses/workshops since 2009. Shodhaka has also conducted training for ICMR scientists across India twice. Our course participants have been very happy with the learning experience (see feedback from our participants).

Areas of training

Next generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis
Drug discovery, homology modeling and other structural analysis
Proteomics data analysis
Microarray & other gene expression data analysis
Databases & tools: selection & use in genomics, transcriptomics & proteomics
Data mining, biocuration & data analysis
Programming for life sciences
Biostatistical analysis
Others

Course structures:

Shodhaka has carefully designed compact training sessions - with or without related background theory sessions. The programs are interactive, and include lectures and discussions. But the demonstrations and meticulously designed practice sessions (with case studies) make bulk of our workshops/courses.

Indicative contents of some of the hands on training program from Shodhaka:
Transcriptomics
Overview and introduction of microarray technology, EST, SAGE, MPSS.
NGS (RNA-seq) in transcriptomics, analysis & current trends in research.
Software (including 'R') & databases used for microarray- & NGS-based gene expression analysis.
Alternative splice-form, regulatory networks, TFBS & ChIP data analysis.
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP)
SNP analysis, current research trends.
Optimal use of SNP databases and interpretations.
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data analysis
Overview, de novo assembly & reference assembly.
RNA sequencing, ChIP data.
Metagenomics in various contexts.
SNP/indel analysis.
Repeat sequence analysis.
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) and pathway analysis
Introduction to and current research on PPIs.
Apt use of PPI databases & interpretations.
Apt use of pathway databases & interpretations.
General network analysis.
Primer & probe designing
Principles and applications.
Case-specific resources (mutation analysis, cloning, microarray probes, junctional probes, etc).
DNA motif detection tools
Case-specific selection & use of tools.
Transcription factor databases & binding site analysis; regulatory networks.
Structural protein studies & drug/biosimilars
Drug designing.
Ligand docking.
Homology modeling.
Target identification, drug discovery process and related data analysis.
Basic and advanced data mining & biocuration
Biostatistics
Fundamentals concepts, significance to biological experiments
Characteristics of common types biological data points
Commonly used tests in biological experiments
Commonly used computational methods in biostatistics, and data presentation
We have also been conducting two special programs regularly:
a) career planning workshop for students & fresh graduates/post-graduates and
b) biotechnology & bioinformatics in simple terms: a day’s program for experts from non-bio domains.

In addition, we are keen to conduct short courses in GMPs, GCPs, IPR, Tech. transfer, Pharmacovigilance & other industrially relevant courses.

Examples of the training programs:
  1. Two-day genomics workshop for students (Rajalakshmi Engg College, Chennai, 2016).
  2. One day training on NGS & SNP data analysis for ICMR scientists (NIN, Hyderabad, 2011).
  3. Four-day workshop on gene ontology, biocuration and advanced literature search for scientists from all over India (NIRRH, Mumbai, 2011).
  4. One to four weeks’ crash course for bio-students in use of databases and tools (genomics, transcriptomics & proteomics, including multiplatform analysis, de novo assembly and reference alignment, RNA seq, ChIP-seq, metagenomics, microarray, mass-spec, protein interactions etc.) (DY Patil College, Navi Mumbai, 2010; New Horizon College, Bengaluru, 2012).
  5. 10 days (crash course) workshop on major resources for genomics, transcriptomics & proteomics (contents as in the above-course, conducted every year for students, teachers, scientists and other professionals) (repeated almost every year from 2010 till 2018).
  6. 3 to 8 hours quick introduction to basic biotechnology and bioinformatics in simple terms for IT professionals (a multinational IT company, 2011).
  7. One day career planning workshop for life science students, including biotechnology (PES College, Bengaluru 2011).

Internship/ project/ summer training

Applications are invited for internship/project work/summer training from biotechnology, bioinformatics and other life sciences students/freshers for the following types of research projects (at 'Shodhaka') for various durations:
Molecular analysis of cancer of selected tissues
Molecular analysis of neural disorders
NGS data analysis
Microarray data analysis
Development of software / databases for biological research
Programming in bioinformatics
Genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics
Drug designing and molecular structural biology
Biostatistics
Students interested in marketing and other business-related experiences can also apply.
Procedure to apply:

Email the following information:

Current course, semester, college/university, & department
Duration of the project
Expected start date (at least approximate week or month)
and attach your CV.
Email id: messenger@shodhaka.com
Selection will be based on an online entrance test (best performer may get a stipend*)
*conditions apply. In fact, applicants who perform poorly may be rejected or offered project work/internship only after initial training (which have to be paid for). But, so far, the majority of students have undergone training and done the project work without paying any fees).

Online training programs

Online courses on any other specific bioinformatics analysis (e.g., ChIP-Seq data-analysis, miRNA data-analysis) can also be conducted on request.
Please email at messenger@shodhaka.com

Contact sessions (skype or google-hangout can be used for online classes) Contact sessions (skype or google-hangout can be used for online classes) will be conducted onmutually convenient dates and times, that shall be decided by the communication between the trainee and trainer, for each session.
The duration, number of sessions & fees shall be decided based on a basic simple assessment in the beginning.The prices are quoted for each participant. Discounts may be provided for group participants.

Duration:

Contact sessions: Multiple short sessions of 15 to 60 minutes each, depending on what you already know
Expected practice and assignment hours: 3 - 10 hours

Fees:

Rs. 4,000 (~USD 50) to Rs. 12, 000 (~USD 160) for each contact session for each participant, depending on prior knowledge and expertise.