Recent News and Events

2017 Sep 2 - Transcriptomics talk by Dr. Lisa Komoroske at Oct. 10 MB Seminar

posted by: Jessica Blanton

Dear all,

We are looking forward to having Dr. Lisa Komoroske (UMASS/NOAA) speak at our Marine Biology Seminar this Fall.

October 13, 12pm, Hubbs Hall 4500

See you there!

2017 Sep 1 - Registration is open: Intro to Transcriptomics Workshop, Oct 11-12

posted by: Jessica Blanton

This fall, SIO-BUG will host a workshop to introduce the basics of transcriptomics with RNAseq!

Transcriptomics is of increasing use for gene discovery, gene activity investigation, SNP detection, simple sequence repeat discovery, and gene pathway description. This event is intended to share knowledge and expand the skills of our community, particularly among researchers of non-model organisms and microbial communities.

RSVP for the workshop

(While the workshop registration is full, we highly recommend you registering anyways, as most folk end up getting off the waitlist!)

Dates: October 11-12, all day with break for lunch

Location: Eckhart building Sea Cave

Cost: Free! Due to the very generous sponsorship of the SIO Biology Section and the SIO Information Technology Group.

Daily content:

  1. Demonstration of uses of RNA analysis in relevant research, and group discussion on experimental design.
  2. Hands-on workshop with current software to provide entry to typical analysis workflows. The first day will include a short intro/refresher on working from the command line.

Our Instructors:

  • Lisa Komoroske - UMass Amherst / NOAA
  • Tessa Pierce - UC Davis
  • Lisa Johnson - UC Davis
  • John McCrow- JCVI
  • Luke Thompson- NOAA

Participant experience level: The workshop is ideal for graduate students and researchers of all levels considering or at beginning stages of RNAseq studies. More advanced users are also very welcome to attend, as all can benefit from productive discussion, and potentially form good collaborations. In-depth experience with the command line is not necessary, but participants with little or no experience should complete this online tutorial beforehand.

Data for the workshop: The hands-on materials will focus on data generated on the Illumina sequencing platform, and test data will be provided.

What to bring: A laptop with a working terminal emulator (contact us for help).

Contact Jessica Blanton(jmblanton at & Sara Rivera (sarariv at with questions.

2017 Jun 15 - End of year message and SIO-BUG Review 2015-17 release

posted by: Jessica Blanton

Dear all,

Thank you SIO-BUG and R-Users!

A big thank you to the community, we had a very nice time celebrating summer last night, and all that we’ve done together in the past few years. Yesterday’s party, and the sticker schwag are all kindly provided by funding from The Scripps Genome Center and SIO_students/GSA.

SIO-BUG summary review!

The SIO Bioinformatic’s Users Group wrapped up its second year of existence, check out the review for a look at the various different past events, as well as plans for the future. Hopefully this stimulates some feedback and suggestions from you, which we invite you to contact any of us to discuss.

And with this, we wish you an excellent and productive summer!

Jessica and Hao