VectorBase 2018 webinar series: Tool/resource specific

For those of you that want to learn more about VectorBase data, tools, and resources but are unable to host or attend a VectorBase standard (in-person) workshop, have attended one previously but would like to have a refresher, or learn what is new, we have created VectorBase webinars. Each session, except for the first one, will be accompanied with practice exercises and their corresponding answer key. All sessions include a specific 'how to cite' section, with details directly related to the webinar topic of the day. This will help you reference data sets in your paper for your readers easy access. We will also cover how to find data mentioned in the scientific literature.

You can attend just the webinars that interest you; however we encourage you to attend all as you will have a complete and comprehensive overview of VectorBase.

This VectorBase webinar series will be held every three weeks from March to July 2018. The webinars will take place on Wednesdays at 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific (United States time), for 1 hour each. You can click here for a link to the webinar start time in your timezone. This is the schedule and brief description of the webinars:

  1. Tour, March 14, 2018 (No practice exercises). This session will introduce you to VectorBase, its data, tools and resources, and the type of queries you can construct and answer with them. We will help you Find a Data Display appropriate for your research question, which can be used for data analyses, presentation and publications.

  2. Genome Browser, April 4, 2018. We will present how the assemblies and gene sets are updated (including via your gene manual annotations with Apollo), and the data types aligned and available for the genomes. You will learn how to use the Browser to visualize, query and download data from your species of interest.

  3. Query and Browse, April 25, 2018. In addition to browse data manually or individually, you can also export and download data from big regions or genome wide, or for a few genes in many genomes, with simple and complex queries using Search/Advanced Search and BioMart, without a command line. You can also find sequences or genes of interest, with BLAST, (Clustal) and Hmmer.

  4. Comparative Genomics, May 16, 2018. Using our pre-computed data, such as gene trees, homologues (orthology & paralogy) and alignments, learn how to compare genes and genome regions.

  5. Population Biology, June 6, 2018. Find and visualize PopBio data from lab and field samples, including abundance, insecticide resistance, phenotypes and/or genotypes and any other biology, ecology or behavior trait, with the Sample Explorer, Genome and Population Browsers. This tool is under constant development and one of the new data types to be added this year will be data from parasite/pathogen infection status.

  6. Expression, June 27, 2018. Use microarray and RNAseq data to investigate transcript expression and, mass spectrometry data for protein expression; data can be visualized as tracks in the genome browser. The Expression Browser uses a common pipeline to analyze experiments from different studies to detect transcript differential expression. Your own data or data from GenBank and other databases, can be analyzed using Galaxy.

  7. Variation, July 18, 2018. Learn how to find and visualize variation data, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) and Insertion/Deletion (INDEL) calls, with the Genotype Explorer and the Genome Browser. There are also tools to analyze your own variation data or data from GenBank and other databases, using the Variant Effect Predictor (VEP) and Galaxy.

To have a fully interactive format, you will have the opportunity to ask questions in real-time to the webinar presenter and other members of the team. Additionally, we welcome any questions from you, before, during or after the webinar session to our help desk email,

Sign up

Sign up is required but attendance is free. Registration ends the day before each webinar session. The day of the event, each registered participants will receive an email with connection details. Follow this link to sign up (or here if you are in China).

Who should attend?

If your knowledge and experience with VectorBase goes beyond what we will cover in the webinar(s) that you are interested in, please contact the help desk, A senior member from our team will get back to you, and depending of each case, we may be able to schedule a private webinar.

Meeting Date: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 17:00 to Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 17:00