Education - Introduction to Python and Relational Databases for Bioinformatics

Introduction to Python and Relational Databases for Bioinformatics

This workshop provides a basic introduction to Python and relational databases. No prior programming experience is expected or required, however the workshop does move fairly quickly. The workshop is designed to give biologists some fundamental skills to operate in a Linux/Unix environment and to use scripts 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
  • Use of Python with relational databases

Dates and Registration

The registration fee for this workshop is $650 for general rate, $450 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. Breakfast (continental) and lunch will be provided Tuesday through Friday.

Driving Directions

Directions can be found here. There are two parking garages that you could use. One is the Saratoga garage located at 220 Arch St. The other is the BioPark garage located at 1 N. Poppleton St. Cost is $12 per day. There is also street parking that might be closer. Pay for this at pay stations along the streets. There is usually a 2- or 4-hour limit on how long you can be there without paying again.


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)

The Holiday Inn offers special pricing for people visiting the University of Maryland. Just mention when you make your reservation that you are attending a workshop at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


Please send any questions to Michelle Giglio (mgiglio AT