Big Data Training for Cancer Research Purdue University Center for Cancer Research

Big Data Training for Cancer Research 


The BigCare 2023 Summer Workshop (on-site) enrollment process has ended. The workshop was held on-site on May 19-28, 2023 at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, IN. 

We are accepting applications for BigCare 2023 online course NOW. Please submit your application HERE. We are hosting this course for only a limited time, so please apply as early as possible.


BigCare 2023 Online Course [Flyer]

We are pleased to announce a BigCare online course for self-paced learning in 2023! 

There is no cost for this course. We are hosting this course for only a limited time, so please apply as early as possible.

Application for this online course is open for applications NOW. Please submit your applications HERE.

There will be a total of four units in this course and enrollment and materials will be distributed sequentially. You will be given a two-month period to work on the materials using our computational server. Please keep in mind that at the end of the required period, your access to the computational server will be revoked. However, HTML materials will be made available for you to continue learning at your own pace.

A completion certificate will be issued for each unit and released after 6 months if you meet all of the following requirements:
a) You have successfully completed all materials;
b) You have finished an individual project using our provided data within the required period;
c) You have completed the immediate and 6-month post-workshop surveys.

If you are looking to receive the completion certificate, we strongly encourage you to consider your schedule and fully commit to this workshop. The materials and individual project will require dedication and effort to complete within the required period, so it's important to make sure you can allocate sufficient time and attention to this opportunity.

Below is the tentative timeline for each unit's availability:

  • Unit 1: Bulk/Single-cell RNA-seq (Now-June)
  • Unit 2: ChIP-seq (May-June)
  • Unit 3: GWAS (May-June)
  • Unit 4: Gene Regulatory Networks (May-June)

At the end of the online course, you will select one topic from the above four units and perform an individual project using our provided data.


BigCare 2023 Summer Workshop (on-site) [Flyer]

Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (PCCR) and Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center (IUSCCC) are pleased to announce the annual NCI-funded workshop on "Big Data Training for Cancer Research" on May 19-28, 2023. This 10-day intensive workshop will help cancer researchers develop skills for managing, visualizing, analyzing, and integrating various types of omics data in cancer studies. The course is open to cancer researchers including oncologists, faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The format of the workshop includes a combination of instructional lectures, special guest lectures, real-data analysis practices, IPA and CGC tutorials, group projects and presentations. The workshop aims to improve practical bioinformatics skills and computational competency. Using established tools and publicly available resources, we will focus on the analysis and interpretation of genomic and genetic data, making it more suitable for researchers with limited big data analytical skills. Applications will be considered from all qualified faculty, clinicians, postdocs, and post-prelim graduate students in cancer research.

Workshop topics include:

  • Using public databases and tools to better understand the molecular basis of cancer
  • Differential expression analysis using bulk and single-cell RNA-seq data
  • Use of Next Generation Sequencing data for ChIP-seq and epigenetics
  • Visualization and functional assessment of data
  • Network construction and meta-analysis
  • Genome variation and genome-wide association study

Prerequisites for the workshop:

  • A semester-long statistics course or equivalent
  • Have completed coursework related to cancer biology
  • Actively working in cancer research
  • Graduate students must have passed their preliminary/admission to candidacy exam

There is no cost for registration and tuition!* The workshop will be held on-site at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, IN. There would be no cost for food or lodging, and travel scholarships would be available for a limited number of participants. Please watch our website for updates.

 The BigCare Team 

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