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Bioinformatics Training and Education Program

may, 2022

10may11:00 am1:00 pmIntroduction to Python and Colab: Running, Quitting, Variables and AssignmentWorkshop: Introduction to Python for Data Science


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Python is one of the preferred programming languages for scientists to solve a wide variety of biological problems. We find that many scientists who come to Software Carpentry workshops use Python and want to learn more about its capabilities.

If you are a novice and want to learn how to program in Python to help you in your work, please join our six-week series of two-hour workshops! Instructors will use live code and you will follow along on your own computer. You will gain a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Python along with best practices for scientific computing: breaking down analyses into modular units, task automation, and encapsulation.

NOTE: This is a six-part course, held weekly for 6 weeks from 11 am – 1 pm, with a 20-minute lunch break. When you register, you are registering for all 6 weeks. Please make sure you have time in your schedule to commit to all six sessions!

Registration is required.  Register at this link.  Sign-in information for the Workshops will be provided once registered.

  • Week 1, May 10, 2022, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET: Introduction to Python & Colab, Running & Quitting, Variables & Assignment
    • NOTE: A one-hour help session will be offered on May 13, 2022, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ETGetting Started with Google Colab
  • Week 2, May 17, 2022, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET: Data Types and Type Conversion, Built-in Functions & Help Libraries
  • Week 3, May 24, 2022, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ETReading Tabular Data into DataFrames, Pandas DataFrames, Plotting 1
  • Week 4, May 31, 2022, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ETPlotting 2, Lists, For Loops
  • Week 5, June 7, 2022, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ETConditionals, Looping Over Data Sets, Writing Functions
  • Week 6, June 14, 2022, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ETVariable Scope, Programming Style, Wrap-Up

Workshop Recordings and Materials:

Before the workshop: We will use Google Colab for this workshop. Colab allows us to write and execute Python code through the browser. A Google Account is required for using Colab. If you do not have one, please create a Google Account before the workshop. For technical assistance, contact NCI technical support at

Presenters: Pinyi Lu, PhD, Data Scientist; Andrew Weisman, PhD, Bioinformatics Analyst; and George Zaki, PhD, Bioinformatics Manager, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR)

Questions? Contact the NCI Data Science Learning Exchange

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