Training and Workshop

We offer an integrative, multidisciplinary training programme that encompasses biology using computational and quantitative methods. Students learn to apply the tools of statistics, mathematics, computer science and informatics to biological problems. Training programmes are meant for Bachelors or Masters Students. Our training programmes include:

Certificate Program in Genome Informatics : NGS Data Analysis

The advent of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies has transformed how biological research is being performed. Unprecedented advances have been made in the speed and throughput of next generation sequencing (NGS) platforms over the last decade. Although hundreds of thousands of samples from different species are being sequenced on a daily basis, our ability to generate data, far outstrips our ability to understand them. This has imposed increasingly high demands for bioinformatics professional, rather “Genome Data Analysts” who possess the required bioinformatics and supercomputing facility management skills, which are crucial for data analysis. In order to fill this ever-increasing lacuna, PRTF and Bionivid, both industry leaders in their respective domains have joined hands to organize a special six-month, highly comprehensive and intensive training program aimed at developing advanced skill sets and knowledge of the NGS technology with the focal point being application and interpretation of the NGS data.

Course objectives

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

Understand : Fundamentals of Sequencing, Next Generation Sequencing – its working principles, and its various applications across Healthcare, Animal Husbandry, Agricultural Sciences and Microbial Environments

Learn : Necessary bio-computational skills, NGS data formats, data analytics strategies, established workflows, biological concepts to interpret the results and professional depiction of data and results based on the need / demand of a research project from the experts of industry and academia.

Apply : Fundamental concepts and analytics strategies, while working on real-time projects based on research problems from diverse backgrounds like agriculture, healthcare, environmental sciences etc.

Course structure

Fundamentals of cell and molecular biology : This module lets the candidates revisit their previously learned fundamentals in the field of cell and molecular biology and lays a special emphasis on concepts that are vital for result interpretation and validation during the data analysis process.

Linux and bioprogramming : This module covers basic Linux commands, their use and basics of scripting. It also throws light on concepts of R and Python programming, use of biologist-oriented packages like Bioconductor [R] and BioPython/BioConda [Python]

Basic bioinformatics and introduction to NGS : This module gives an insight into standard bioinformatics related paradigms, algorithms and tools along with giving an introduction to candidates about Next Generation Sequencing, various stages in the evolution and development of the technology, NGS raw data: - its components and the quality control process.

RNA-Sequencing data analysis : This module covers various steps involved in analyzing transcriptome data – both in case of presence as well as absence of a reference along with calculating differential gene expression of the expressed transcripts.

DNA-Sequencing data analysis : This module covers all the nuances of genomic data analysis – right from the constructing draft genome assembly (de novo analysis) to finding and annotating variants (exome data analysis)

Project work : The candidates will get an opportunity to apply all the acquired conceptual knowledge while working on projects based on research problems from diverse backgrounds.

Duration of training : Six months

Commencement of registration : 30 September, 2019

Commencement of programme : 06 January, 2020

Eligibility criteria : B.Tech. / M.Tech./ M.Sc. /Ph.D. / Project Assistant

Total intake : 60

Domain : NGS Data Analysis

Certification : Pathfinder Research and Training Foundation and Bionivid

Fee : Rs.55000/- including GST

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Two-Week Training on Protein-Protein Interactions and Network Analysis

Two-week training programme on protein–protein interactions and network analysis is being organized to provide a basic beginner level training to young researchers and early Ph.D. students for improving their computational skills in systems biology in specific context of protein-protein interactions with particular emphasis on protein interaction data retrieval from public databases and their visualization using various open source tools.

Applications may be directly sent to contact@pathfinderfoundation.co.in along with a short statement of purpose explaining why you want to attend this programme.

Course objectives

Theory lectures on fundamental approaches of protein interactions.

Introduction to primary protein-interaction databases and their data acquisition.

Practical Sessions on open source data visualization tools.

Systems biology approaches and assessment of the data including clustering.

Gene ontology and in-silico prediction of molecular outcomes of networks.

Duration of training : Two Weeks

Commencement of registration : 17 October, 2019

Commencement of programme : 18 December, 2019

Eligibility : B.Tech. / M.Tech./ M.Sc. /Ph.D. / Project Assistant

Selection criteria : Letter of motivation or SOP, CV

Total intake : 35

Domain : Systems Biology

Certification : Pathfinder Research and Training Foundation

Fee : Rs.5000/- including GST

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Advanced specialized training

The Center for Bioinformatics, Computational and Systems Biology under the aegis of Pathfinder Research and Training Foundation organizes training programmes in association with LSSSDC (Life Sciences Sector Skill Development Council), New Delhi to train student as a Bioinformatics Associate/Analyst. It is very specialized training in which students will make responsible for assisting in product development, carrying out research related activities along with its reporting and documentation.

  • Skill development programme in association with LSSSDC, New Delhi (Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India).
  • Hands-on training by the experts from industry and academia.
  • Focuses on omics data analysis, Database development and Scripting languages.
  • Duration of training : 6 months

    Programme commencement : July

    Application deadline : One month prior to the commencement of the programme

    Eligibility criteria : Masters in relevant discipline

    Selection criteria : Letter of motivation or SOP, Interview (optional)

    Total intake : 40

    Domain : Occupational standards - Formulate a series of computer-based algorithms and database for data management of large repository of biological samples, Use statistical tool and programming scripts for data mining and transforming data, Perform Data Delivery and Reporting

    Certification : LSSSDC (Life Sciences Sector Skill Development Council, Ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, GOI)

     

     

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    Summer training

    The Center for Bioinformatics, Computational and Systems Biology under the aegis of Pathfinder Research and Training Foundation organizes summer training programme to provide students about the basic bioinformatics workflow in drug discovery, hands-on learning of various software packages supported with theory lectures for a comprehensive learning.

    Duration of training : 30 days

    Programme commencement : 03 June, 2019

    Application deadline : 27 May, 2019

    Eligibility criteria : B.Sc/B.Tech/ M.Sc in relevant discipline

    Total intake : 40

    Domain : Drug discovery

    Certification : Pathfinder Research and Training Foundation

    Fee : Rs.10000/- including GST

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    Student projects

    Center for Bioinformatics, Computational and Systems Biology offers project-oriented students training programmes for hands-on research experiments in bioinformatics, computational and systems biology. We provide an opportunity through long-term training programmes to students from bioinformatics to work on a specific domain of Bioinformatics. The duration of project will be 6 months. This project is meant for the partial fulfillment of the degree courses such as M.Sc and M.Tech by various Universities. In addition to research, there will be research presentation.

    Duration of training : 6 months

    Programme commencement : January

    Application deadline : One month prior to the commencement of the programme

    Selection criteria : Letter of motivation or SOP, Interview (optional)

    Certification : Pathfinder Research and Training Foundation

    Domain : Drug discovery

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