Dr. Bernie Pope – Python for the Life Sciences

Due to overwhelming demand, this workshop is now full.  Please email us at workshops@combine.org.au if you would like to be placed on the waiting list in the event a free space is available.

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Presenter:  Dr. Bernie Pope, Specialist Programmer – Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI)

Date & Time: Thursday, 26 September, 2013 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Workshop Description

In this workshop, we provide a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of the Python programming language (python.org) and its data processing
features through worked-examples involving bioinformatics datasets.

Upon completion, you will have gained a foundational proficiency in Python, enabling you to use some of its powerful (and programmer-friendly) features in research-related tasks.

We are aiming to cover the following topics:

  • A review of programming fundamentals (e.g. variables, loops, conditions,procedures, and data types)
  • principles of good programming style
  • introduction to bioinformatics libraries
  • manipulating bioinformatics datasets

About the Presenter

Dr. Bernie Pope is a specialist programmer at the VLSCI, a high-performance computing (HPC) facility for life sciences research. He
is also an Honorary Fellow and Lecturer for COMP10001 Foundations in Computing in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the
University of Melbourne.

His research interests include programming language implementation and theory, especially functional programming languages such as Haskell.
Recently focussing on bioinformatics and computational biology, Dr Pope teaches several of VLSCI’s programming skills courses, helping scientists unlock the potential of HPC facilities for their everyday research.

For more details, please visit his website at berniepope.id.au.

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