VUmc/BioSB course: Statistics in Omics

Date & location

24, 26, 27 & 28 June 2019 – VUmc in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Course coordinator

Dr. R. X. de Menezes, Amsterdam UMC location VUmc

Course credits


Course overview

This introductory course gives an overview of many statistical tools to analyse omics data. The course can be followed by researchers with a minimum or elementary background in quantitative data analysis. Find more information about pre-requisites here.

Participants will learn and practice commonly used tools including:

  • Tools to explore datasets including clustering, principal components and network analysis
  • Models to answer basic statistical questions: differential behaviour (e.g. mRNA expression) and multiple testing, also using Bayesian models
  • Models for classification and prediction, including penalised regression
  • Models for emerging technologies: radiomics and single-cell sequencing data

Methods will be applied on experimental data in practical hands-on sessions using the statistical software R. Insight about how methods work is given in an intuitive way wherever possible which, combined with some formalisation and the practical work, makes theory accessible and helps cement concepts. Slides and instructions for the practical sessions will be made available electronically to participants.

Target audience

The course is tailored for PhD students and researchers (such as pathologists, psychological biologists, human geneticists, oncologists, neuro-geneticists) whose research involves experiments that generate omics data. It can also suit researchers with a quantitative background looking for a short introductory course.

More information

More information about teachers, pre-requisites, practical preparations, material, venue details and details about the course programme can be found on the course page on the Amsterdam UMC website


  • Amsterdam UMC participants: 320 euros
  • All other participants: 320 euros (PhD student), 480 (academic researcher), 720 (industry)

Amsterdam UMC participants can register by sending a scan of the registration form to Femke Francissen. Fee: 320 euros. All other participants can register via this registration page

Course organisers

For more information you can contact one of the course organisers: