Combined -Omics Courses

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Course Description

Functional genomics aims to identify the function of genes in a given organism by combining an array of different -omics techniques such as transcriptomics and proteomics. As a joint state-of-the-art research and training facility of the ETH and of the University of Zurich, the Functional Genomics Center Zurich (FGCZ) offers a five-day course with hands-on practicals.

The aim of this course is to help scientists interested in transcriptomics and proteomics technologies and their data integration to gain a better understanding, not only on the techniques available and their applications, but also to help in the interpretation of these –omics data.

The transcriptome and proteome of yeast grown either with glucose or a nonfermentable substrate will be analyzed, using Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies and label-free quantitative proteomics using high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS) respectively. The correlation and integration of the resulting data will be addressed.

This course is not meant to replace any manufacturers’ training normally supplied with any instrument. The hands-on sessions for data analysis does neither require a pre-existing knowledge of Unix nor the command line environment. This course is not intended to be a training course for those solely interested in bioinformatics either.


Short lectures will cover present NGS technologies, their applications and the principles of downstream data analysis. The practical consists of a complete transcriptomics workflow. This involves, the library preparation and sequencing run, followed by processing of the data for transcript expression quantification and differential expression analysis.


The theoretical part covers the complete proteomics workflow from experimental design, samples preparation, data acquisition, towards data analysis. The practical part will allow the participants to perform sample preparation in proteomics from protein extract to the purified peptide sample ready for MS analysis. The students will be introduced to nanoLC–MS/MS analysis and data analysis using data base search algorithm.

-Omics Data Integration

The results of the transcriptomics part and the proteomics part will be integrated together in several aspects. The integrated data analysis consists of direct feature and functional overlap as well as a joint pathway analysis. Most of the tools that we will use are open source/(free to use) and considered as ‘state of the art’.

Course Program


Library Prep

• PolyA RNA-seq library generation: principles and types


• Sequencing technologies platforms

• Hands-on laboratory work: preparing and performing sequencing runs

Data analysis

• Run QC: Criteria for run performance and quality of data

• Preprocessing of the raw data

• Mapping the data to a reference,

• Mapping quality control for RNA-seq data

• Transcripts expression quantification and tests for differential expression

• Set-based analysis (e.g., pathways, GO-categories)

• IT and awareness of the data storage and its size


Sample preparation

• Protein reduction, alkylation, and enzymatic digestion

• Peptide clean-up

MS analysis

• Handling of high-resolution nanoLC-MS/MS system

Data analysis

• Performance and quality control of nanoLC-MS/MS system

• Data base search algorithm for protein identification

• Quantitative data quality control

• Differential protein expression

• IT and awareness of the data storage and its size

-Omics Data Integration

• Feature overlap of differential expression

• Functional categorization and characterization of the different levels

• Joint pathway analysis

Important facts and how to apply


The course will be entirely taught in English.


The course is limited to 8 participants only.

Target audience and prerequisites

Applicants should be postdoctoral scientists, PhD students or masters students actively engaged in or soon to commence research involving next generation sequencing technology and mass spectrometry.


The course tuition fees for PhD students of the University of Zürich and ETHZ is CHF 500.00 (Swiss francs) per person. The price for postgraduate members of the University of Zürich or ETHZ is CHF 800.00. Please note, that these prices will only apply if the tuition fee is paid through an internal, i.e. University of Zürich or ETHZ, account.

For external academics (non-UZH and non-ETHZ) the cost is CHF 1500.00 per person. An invoice will be issued upon registration. This invoice will be sent out by email as well as a hard copy by regular mail/post. Those participants that register will be sent an email reserving their place together with an ‘Application Form’ to be signed by their correspondent supervisor and emailed back to the FGCZ. Upon receiving the signed ‘Application Form’, the participant will be considered and their place in the course will be confirmed.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that due to the high demand for this course any change related to your participation should be informed as soon as possible, but not later than ten (10) working days prior to the course start date. The notice must be e-mailed to


If the cancellation of the course occurs after this time period, the tuition fee will not be refunded. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need any additional information or encounter any problems.


Please beware that travel expenses, accommodation and meals are not included in the tuition fee. These will have to be covered by the participant entirely.



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