May 2019 Newsletter

Our May newsletter includes one new title and updates to three other widely used titles.  Seven new workshops and classes are available on the Harvard Longwood campus. 

Thanks to all who attended our May workshop:  Using BioGrids for RNA-Seq on AWS and your Laptop.

We appreciate your feedback and hope to host more workshops in the future. Toward that end we ask for your input. 

BioGrids is considering implementing a weekly rotating workshop series centered on using the Unix command line for bioinformatics. We envision a three part series comprising beginner, intermediate and more advanced topics. Please assist us in creating useful material by answering the one-click survey below. 

How likely are you to attend a three part workshop consisting of one hour per week:

Introduction to bash and the Unix command line interface for bioinformatics.

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Very likely


As a reminder, BioGrids is now available to all Harvard affiliates on a trial basis for the 2019 calendar year.

Register here to try out our software installer, which allows users to choose from 200+ bioinfomatics tools that can be installed as ready-to-run applications on Mac or Linux machines with the click of a button or a short command from the CLI. No need to worry about dependencies or compilation.

BioGrids is supported by a team of scientists and engineers at HMS. We provide direct support to BioGrids members. This includes all aspects of software installation and management. If you need assistance of any kind please send a note to:

BioGrids Installer

The BioGrids Installer is an easy to use application that makes installing and managing life sciences software simple and quick.

A command line version is also available for Macs and Linux.  Download using the link button above and register here for activation.

The BioGrids team provides support, infrastructure and testing for scientific software packages. We currently provide over 200 titles in five categories and an additional 1,500 R, python and perl packages and modules. The collection grows weekly. Learn more here: About BioGrids BioGrids Installer

Software Updates

Trimmomatic is a flexible read trimming tool for Illumina NGS data.
Version: 0.39 

STAR (Spliced Transcripts Alignment to a Reference) is an ultrafast universal RNA-seq aligner.
Version: 2.7.0f 

cutadapt  finds and removes adapter sequences, primers, poly-A tails and other types of unwanted sequence from your high-throughput sequencing reads.
Version: 2.3 

fastp is a tool designed to provide fast all-in-one preprocessing for FastQ files. This tool is developed in C++ with multithreading supported to afford high performance.
Version : 0.20.0 

Software Training

Training sessions available to HMS trainees:

HMS Research Computing

Data Analysis and Visualization in MATLAB     
    06/04/2019    1-3p    TMEC L-008    
    Please email: Alyssa Silverman <> 

Intro to R/Bioconductor         
    06/19/2019   3-5p    Countway 403       Register

Demystifying deep learning: A practical approach in MATLAB    
    06/25/2019    1-3p    TMEC106    
    Please email: Alyssa Silverman <>

Intro to O2    
    06/26/2019    3-5p    TMEC106    User Training github    Register

The Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core

Introduction to the command-line interface (shell)   
    June 4th                1 day   Register

Introduction to bulk RNA-seq                                   
    June 24th & 25th   2 days  

Introduction to R                                                       
    July 1st & 2nd        1.5 days 

Bioinformatics Support

Need help getting software installed on new machines? Have you been planning to try Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing?

BioGrids can help you get started. We have expertise in bioinformatics, programming, workflow development and high performance computing.

We improve the collection with feedback from the community.

Want to see a new application in BioGrids? 

Let us know:

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