What people are saying about us:



Using the Trinity Framework for De novo Transcriptome Assembly, Annotation and Downstream expression studies 


I loved attending this course and I would definitely recommend it to other people. I had very limited experience with programming and had never analzed RNAseq data before, but Brian did a fantastic job introducing us to the Unix enviroment and Trinity framework over such a short period of time. I would have never thought bioinformatics workflows could be so straighforward, and this is really encouraging for RNAseq newbies such as me! I loved that the course was so interactive and that we could work on our own data through the whole week. Kudos to the organizers for coming up with a really interesting programme outside the course as well, I loved discovering Berlin and its food scene through your lens!


- Lisandrina Mari // PhD student at INRA/Université Savoie Mont Blanc (France)


      Data analysis in high throughput biology


      I greatly enjoyed this course. The engaging instructor, January Weiner, presented an excellent mixture of background theory, example analyses and code, and time for guided independent work. The core content was punctuated with personal anecdotes that reinforced key messages regarding experimental design and analyses. This course formed an informative and enjoyable component of my sabbatical. Thank you!


      -Sarah Adamowicz // University of Guelph (Canada)


Population Genomics Workshop

The instructors did an EXCELLENT job preparing the course material. I hope they will teach it again next year! It was just what I was hoping for based on the course description. I also appreciated when you sent out an email asking what specifically we wanted to learn before the course, and the response I got from the instructors. Overall, I really got a lot from the course and will recommend it to other scientists!

      - Briana  L. Gross // Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth (USA)



Population Genomics Workshop


I thought the course was great. Well-organized by both the lecturers and organizers. The lecturers were helpful, patient, kind, approachable and effective in their teaching style. The organizers did a great job of picking a diversity of restaurants for dinner, plentiful coffee breaks, making sure everyone was taken care of, providing some outside activities and being very attentive and friendly. I will certainly recommend this course and Physalia to others.

- Hanna Koch // Postdoc at the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Biology (Germany)




Introduction to Linux and workflows for biologists, Introduction to Python for biologists, Data manipulation and visualization with Python


I attended both courses “Introduction of Python to Biologists” and “Data manipulation and visualization with Python” and before them the “Introduction to Linux and workflows for biologists”. I really enjoyed all of them. These courses introduced me not only to the basics of these programming languages but also pushed me forward directly to write codes during the course and afterwards. The workshop helped me to start experiencing the real application of Python programming in biological as well as genome analysis and data visualization and manipulation. Martin Jones is a very nice and smart instructor and I hope to be able to visit him again in other advanced programming courses. I strongly recommend the workshops to those people who want to learn programming in a very fast way.


- Abdollah Aghebatrafat // PhD student at the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin (Germany)



Introduction to Linux and workflows for biologists



I attended the course on data analysis with linux for biologists given by Martin Jones in November 2016 shortly after joining a research group that extensively works with sequencing data. I got a very fine introduction to working with biological data in linux, especially to the world of command line tools as well as writing simple shell scripts and an introduction to tools that are helpful with a variety of different biological problems. I found the instructor highly qualified and the course is very well-structured and was very helpful to me. Exercises and materials are nicely presented as well and I do go back to them in every-day-work quite frequently for help or approaches to problem solving. I would highly recommend the course to biologists new to working extensive amounts of e.g. sequencing data -- it worked for me!


- René Riedel // Postdoc at the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Biology (Germany)