Which tools for experimental analysis should you choose?

High throughout RNA sequencing allows genome-wide investigation of gene expression and regulation. However, designing an experiment and choosing the right tools for analysis can be challenging. This session will introduce methods for analyzing and visualizing RNA-seq data: quality control, alignment-based quantification, transcriptome assembly and differential expression analysis.

This course is part of a series of trainings in biomedical data science offered by the Center for Quantitative Methods and Data Science, Tufts CTSI, and Tufts University Data Intensive Studies Center. For the full list of trainings in this series, please visit the Center for Quantitative Methods and Data Science webpage.


This workshop will be taught by  Rebecca Batorsky, PhD and Albert Tai, PhD.

Rebecca Batorsky is a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist in Research Technology, part of Tufts Technology Services and a DISC fellow. She earned her PhD in Physics in 2012 from Tufts University, where she focused on mathematical and computational modeling of virus evolution. Before becoming staff at Tufts, she worked as a bioinformatics software developer at a clinical genomics start-up company. Dr. Batorsky works to enable researchers to answer biological questions with data-driven methods, such as analysis of high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing data. She is especially interested in developing methods to use multiple `omics technologies to give insight into biological pathways and processes.

Albert Tai is a Research Assistant Professor of Immunology at Tufts University. His research work focuses on providing current research technology to basic research community within and outside of the University, including next generation sequencing (NGS), high throughout screen (HTS), high content screen (HGS), robotics automation and flow cytometry. These technologies, especially NGS and HCS, generates significant amount of data and require specialized analytical approaches. A part of his research centers on creating or optimizing these analytical approaches, via utilizing existing software/pipeline and/or developing new ones. Furthermore, research projects that utilize multiple technologies, or multi-omics, are becoming more popular, a mean to allow association and visualization of multi-omics data is also of interest.

Who should attend

Basic statistical knowledge is required. Computational experience will be helpful, but is not required.


Wednesday, July 14
Online (a link will be sent to those who register).


To attend, please register here.

You may also register for the other trainings in this series: