EMBL-EBI workshop: Array Express and Expression Atlas


  Wednesday 7 February 2018


University of Cambridge - Downing Site, Cambridge,  CB2 3AR, United Kingdom


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Gabriella Rustici

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Course Overview

This workshop is designed for researchers interested in learning about functional genomics data, how to access, retrieve and use the data from Array Express and hands-on experience in using Expression Atlas (www.ebi.ac.uk/gxa/home/), a resource to find information about gene and protein expression across species and biological conditions such as different tissues, cell types, developmental stages and diseases among others. This will include an overview on how gene expression data is curated and analysed in Expression Atlas and a practical activity to demonstrate how to access and visualise gene expression analysis results. These activities should help you answer questions such as ‘where is my favourite gene expressed?’ or ‘how its expression changes in a disease?’.


The module is suitable for researchers interested in gene expression analysis and visualisation. No previous bioinformatics experience is required, but an undergraduate level knowledge of biology would be an advantage.  You may wish to read up on the area of functional  genomics prior to the workshop using our Train oniine course.


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Learning outcomes

  • browse and retrieve functional genomics data from ArrayExpress with ease
  • search and extract functional genomics data effectively with specific filter
  • describe the caveats and limitations behind the searches made against the ArrayExpress database
  • find information on the abundance and localisation of RNA (and proteins) in different species and biological conditions
  • interpret gene expression analysis results through heatmap visualization


This course runs from 14:00-17:30 including breaks.