As much as we can help, we recognize that for most topics, members of the broad CQLS community are the "experts in the field," and more often than not we know who those experts are! We will be sure to connect you with the lab or person that has previously cleared the path for the analysis or data you are facing.   One way we connect people is through the Bioinformatics Users' Group (BUG), which meets for an hour, every two weeks.

BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study.

  • No experience necessary to participate
  • Informal: discussions and interactive-talks
  • Short workshops
  • Bring/request your own topics of interest

Previous topics include Hidden Markov Models, SNP Calling toolkits, Metagenomics, Structured Query Language (SQL), De-novo genome assembly tools, Project management, and many more.

To join the BUG mailing list please subscribe or contact the Bioinformatics Trainers.

Wednesdays from 12-1pm online via Zoom

Join the BUG listserv to request the link for Zoom

See the full calendar below, or add the event to your calendar from the events widget to the right.

April 7

Coffee hour with the CGRB; have questions or need help troubleshooting your analyses? Join the CGRB analysts and trainers for an informal / open floor Q&A relating to anything under the umbrella of Bioinformatics and/or Biocomputing!
 - Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing


April 21

Dealing with big data in spaceflight, restricted plants, and a pandemic, i.e., Stories, lessons, and acquired bioinformatics resources from a recent Oregon State Graduate
 - Matt Geniza (Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing)

May 5

Linking transcription factor binding site motifs to biological effect for rhythmic transcript groups in Drosophila melanogaster, i.e., What makes important pathways rhythmic in fruit flies?
 - Rosalyn Fey (David Hendrix Lab, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics)

May 19

Comprehensive Profiling of Circular RNAs involved in Sensorineural Hearing, i.e., Finding molecules with potential in deafness gene therapy
 - Aayushi Manchanda (Colin Johnson Lab, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics)

June 2


Exploring biomarkers of wine grape microbiomes in biodynamic vs. sustainably farmed vineyards, i.e., Figuring out which bacteria and yeasts are important on grapes in different vineyards
 - Jeremy Weisz (Associate Professor and Chair of Biology, Linfield University)