BSD Bootcamp on Quantitative Biology 3

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This page contains important information about the Third BSD-qBio Boot Camp @ MBL, which will be held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, on Sept 10-17, 2017.

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 qBio3 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 Monday 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. This will take you about one hour, so schedule accordingly.

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

Installation of R and R packages

Downloading the data

It is very important to download the data before you leave for MBL, as the files are quite large.

Programming Challenges

During the boot camp, the 12 groups of students will compete through 6 programming challenges. Here are the links to the webpages where the groups should post their solutions (one answer per group, please):


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1734818

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.