Education - Programming for Bioinformatics Workshop

Introduction to Python, Databases, and R for Bioinformatics Workshop

This workshop provides a basic introduction to three aspects of programming as applied to bioinformatics: Python, databases, and R. No prior programming experience is expected or required. The workshop is designed to give biologists the fundamental programming tools they need to operate in a Linux/Unix environment and to manipulate data files, engage in analysis, and effectively store and retrieve their data.

Included topics

  • Introduction to the Linux operating system
  • Python including conditionals, arrays, loops, espressions, functions, data structures, subroutines, and modules
  • Database design and querying
  • R including statistical analysis, plotting and making figures

Dates and Registration

The registration fee for this workshop is $600 for general rate, $500 for student rate. This includes breakfast and lunch for Tuesday-Friday.

The workshop has concluded, please check back for future dates

Location and Times

The course will be held on the University of Maryland Baltimore campus in the Health Sciences Facility, Building 3, at 670 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201 [Google map].

Check-in for the workshop will be from 12:30PM-1:00PM on Monday. The workshop will run from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Monday, and then from 9:00AM to 5:00PM each day for the rest of the week. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided Tuesday through Friday.

Driving Directions

Directions can be found here. Parking is available for $9.00 per day in a garage at the corner of W. Baltimore and Poppleton, this is about 2 blocks from our building. Street parking is available.


The closest airport is Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Other airports in the region (1 - 1.5 hours away) are Dulles and Reagan National.


Baltimore is served by Amtrak and MARC train service.


There are several hotels within easy walking distance to our location at 670 W. Baltimore St. Here are a couple of suggestions that previous attendees have been happy with:

Hampton Inn Baltimore-Downtown-Convention Center
Holiday Inn Baltimore-Inner Harbor (Downtown)


Please send any questions to Michelle Giglio (mgiglio AT