Second BSD QBio Boot Camp

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This page contains important information about the Second BSD-qBio Boot Camp @ MBL, which will be held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, on Sept 6-14, 2016.

More that 90 incoming graduate students from the different programs in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago will participate.

On this page, you find the instructions on how to prepare your laptop so that it's ready for the boot camp.

You should also take a look at the data and the code we will explore in the workshops and tutorials.

You can see the schedule of the boot camp, and find the contact information for the directors.


For any issue/question/comment, please contact the course directors:


The qBio2 boot camp will be, as the name implies, quite intense. We are going to have Tutorials (short primers to a certain topic) and Workshops (discipline-specific, hands-on activities). We will dedicate Sunday night to Professional Development, with armchair discussions on how to get the most out of your graduate school.

You will get to know MBL better, with Talks from MBL researchers, a tour of the facilities, and even a trip on the Gemma.

Here's the general schedule.

You can also browse the schedule by group.

Computing tutorials

To accommodate the diverse background of our students, we have created two tracks for the computing tutorials.

To decide which track you want to choose, please consult the lecture materials, and make sure that the content is at the right level for you:

Preparing your laptop

We are going to start working right away. Therefore, it is very important you prepare your laptop for the boot camp before you leave for MBL.

You will work on your laptop all day long. If you don't have a laptop, please contact Stefano or Stephanie immediately.

All platforms

We're going to have students using Windows, OSX, and Linux. Whatever your platform, make sure to:

Windows users

If you are using Windows, you need to install a UNIX emulator. We suggest downloading the version control software Git (which we are not going to use, but that you might want to master!), because it ships with a small emulator (Git Bash). Simply go to this page and follow the instructions.

Downloading the data

It is very important to download the data before you leave for MBL, as the files are quite large (~450Mb if you download the repository, ~250Mb if you choose the zip file). There are two options:

git clone

making sure that the directory is created within your home (Linux: home/yourname, Mac OSX: Users/yourname, Windows Users/yourname).