I was awarded flexible funding to attend the Introduction to RNA-Seq Data Analysis course held at the University of Edinburgh.

Throughout my PhD I have been interested in viral evolution and the impact of infection on the host. Having completed many next generation sequencing experiments, I was put in a position where I needed to learn bioinformatics skills, and fast!

Up until this course, I had taught myself bioinformatics and analysis pipelines, however, I wanted additional training to reinforce what I had learnt, and more importantly what I had been missing.

The course ran by Edinburgh Genomics walked you through RNA sequencing analysis from start to finish. By the end of the course I was able to confidently complete a differential gene expression analysis and visualise the data professionally in R. Allowing me to study the effects of viral replication and transcription on the host.

The skills obtained from this course has made a massive impact on my progress and understanding of informatics.

We also had some time to see the Fringe!