Network Analysis in Systems Biology with R/Bioconductor


3-6 June 2024


To foster international participation, this course will be held online

Course overview

This course will introduce participants with the inference and analysis of biological networks from RNA-seq data using R and Bioconductor packages. The course will cover data structures for quantitative data and graphs, statistical methods for network inference, functional analyses of biological networks, and network comparison. At the end of the course, participants will be able to infer and analyze gene coexpression networks (GCNs) and gene regulatory networks (GRNs), compare networks, and integrate GCNs with genetic markers to prioritize candidate genes associated with traits.

Target audience and assumed background

The course is targeted to researchers and students that would like to learn how to use R and Bioconductor to infer and analyze networks for systems biology projects. Familiarity with RNA-seq and core Bioconductor data structures (e.g., SummarizedExperiment and GRanges) is helpful, but not essential, as they will be covered during the course. Participants need to have a working knowledge of R (R syntax, commonly used functions, basic data structures such as data frames, vectors, matrices and their manipulation).


Monday - 2-7 pm Berlin time zone

Inference and Analysis of Gene Co-expression Networks (GCNs)

● Types of networks
● Topological properties of biological networks
● Representing data as graphs
● Bias correction in co-expression network inference

● Quantitative data and the SummarizedExperiment class
● Preprocessing, normalization, and transformation of expression data
● Inference of co-expression networks
● Functional analyses of network modules
● Network visualization

Tuesday- 2-7 pm Berlin time zone

Network comparison

● Parametric and non-parametric network comparison
● Cross-species network comparison

● Identifying consensus modules
● Identification preserved modules between networks
● Functional analyses of differences and similarities between networks

Wednesday - 2-7 pm Berlin time zone

Network-based data integration for gene discovery

● Introduction to genome-wide association studies
● Bottlenecks in SNP-to-gene mapping

● The GRanges class
● SNP-to-gene mapping
● Prioritizing candidate genes associated with a phenotype

Thursday - 2-7 pm Berlin time zone

Inference and Analysis of Gene Regulatory Networks (GRNs)

● An overview of GRN inference algorithms
● GRN inference through an ensemble of methods
● GRN analyses and applications

● Inference of GRNs
● Functional analyses of GRNs
● GRN visualization


Cost overview

Package 1


480 €


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