These are resources to help students interested in developing foundational skills useful for computational biology. The basic section contains short introductions, and advanced resources are more complete references.


Basic resources and introductions

  1. Git and GitHub. Git can feel overwhelming, but just dive in and it will be worth your time.
  2. Markdown. Markdown is an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format.
  3. R and Bioconductor. R is unparalleled for statistical packages and powerful data visualization.
  4. Unix command line.

Advanced resources and complete references

  1. Git and GitHub
  2. Markdown
  3. R
  4. Bioconductor
  5. Unix command line
  6. Python
  7. Programming concepts
  8. High-performance computing and SLURM. SLURM (the Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management) is the cluster workload manager used by Rivanna at UVA and at many high-performance clusters elsewhere. If you need to submit jobs to a cluster, learn SLURM.
  9. Writing
  10. Writing R/Bioconductor packages

Here’s a separate list of resources for bioinformatics at UVA. Other bioinformatics resources from Stephen Turner, and for workshops on these topics, check out bioconnector at UVA.