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Learn Basic Computing Skills to Be More Effective in the Lab

Learn Basic Computing Skills to Be More Effective in the Lab

Friday, February 3, 2017 - Saturday, February 4, 2017

The New York Academy of Sciences


This workshop, facilitated by Software Carpentry, aims to teach scientists and researchers at the graduate level and above in science, engineering, and medicine the basic computing concepts and skills that will let them get more done in less time, and with less effort. Our two-day curriculum shows participants how to automate repetitive tasks with the Unix shell, how to grow a program from a few lines to a few hundred using Python or R, and how to track and share their work using Git. Lessons alternate with hands-on practical sessions, and instructors, who are all working scientists, draw on their own experience to show how these ideas are useful in real-world situations.

Friday, February 3, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

R Programming

Jennifer Shelton
Noam Ross, PhD

Python Programming

Jason Pell, PhD
David Yakobovitch

Target Audience

This two-day workshop is designed for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in the biomedical sciences.


Participants must bring a laptop with a few specific software packages installed. Links to download the software will be sent before the boot camp.


Prior to the course, registrants will be given a survey to assess their computing skills. Participants will then be separated into either a novice or intermediate class.

More information

For more information about Software Carpentry please visit

Registration Pricing

Member (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$70
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$90


Jason Pell, PhD


Jason Pell received his PhD in Computer Science & Quantitative Biology at Michigan State University in 2013 with C. Titus Brown (now at UC Davis) as his adviser. His research focused on making DNA sequence assembly algorithms more memory efficient, especially for metagenomics applications. After graduate school, he took on a role as a software engineer at Amazon Web Services on the ElastiCache team for almost two years. He currently works as a software engineer at Google's NYC office within the Corporate Engineering organization developing internal tools for Google recruiters.

Noam Ross, PhD

EcoHealth Alliance

Noam Ross is a disease ecologist at EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO in New York City doing research at the intersection of conservation and human health. He uses theoretical and statistical approaches to study the emergence of disease in wildlife and its spillover into humans. Noam is also Associate Editor of rOpenSci, a project to build and peer-review tools for scientists to access and share data using R. He holds a PhD in ecology from the University of California-Davis.

Jennifer Shelton

New York Genome Center

Jennifer Shelton is a Bioinformatics Programmer who joined the NYGC September 2015. Jennifer studied genomics applications, chromosome and genome analysis, and bioinformatics as a Master's student at Kansas State University. After earning her degree she became the K-INBRE Bioinformatics Core Outreach Coordinator where she collaborated with scientists at BioNano Genomics to develop workflows to assemble physical maps or order/orient sequence assemblies with single molecule maps. She is also interested in open science and an active Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry Instructor. At the NYGC she maintains and develops somatic variant analysis pipelines and methods.

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