BCC 2020

R / Bioconductor in the Cloud - West Session

Virtual Workshop
July 17, 2020
09:16 - 11:45 PT, West Training 2


Bioconductor provides more than 1800 R packages for the analysis and comprehension of high-throughput genomic data. Most users install and run Bioconductor on a personal computer or perhaps use an academic cluster. Cloud-based solutions are increasing appealing, removing the headaches of local installation while providing access to (a) better, scalable computing resources; and (b) large-scale 'consortium' and other reference data sets. This session introduces the AnVIL cloud computing environment. We cover:

  • use of the cloud as replacement to desktop-style computing,
  • integrating workflows for 'upstream' processing of large data resources with interactive 'downstream' analysis and comprehension, using Human Cell Atlas single-cell datasets as an example, and
  • querying cloud-based consortium data for integration with a users' own data sets.


  • Participants should be comfortable working with R and RStudio.
  • Some familiarity with Bioconductor is helpful but not required.
  • No prior cloud-based experience is necessary.
  • A wifi enabled laptop with RStudio installed.


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