Workshop Description (Introductory Course)

This workshop will cover the basic concepts of Python programming. The course is supplemented with hands-on exercises geared towards computational biology use cases. No previous knowledge of programming is assumed.

Workshop Topics

  •   Data types: strings, integers, floats, booleans
  •   Expressions, variables and assignments
  •   Conditional statements
  •   Functions and methods

Day 1 Slides- W9-IntroToPython-Day1

  •    String indexing and slicing
  •    Loops
  •    Lists
  •    Dictionaries

Day 2 slides- W9-IntroToPython-Day2

  •    1: Running scripts
  •    2: Using built in modules: math, sys
  •    3: Writing modules
  •    4: Reading/writing with text files

Day 3 Slide- W9-IntroToPython-Day3

Technical Requirements

A MacOS, Windows or Linux computer with Anaconda– Installed (Python 3.8 version). With this installation you will automatically receive Python interpreter as well as Spyder IDE. Please try to ensure, prior to the workshop, that Anaconda & Spyder have been successfully installed. Helpful instructions for verifying proper installation can be found in the “Getting Started” section of the Anaconda User Guide: In case you run into any problems, we will bring up a zoom session 1/2 hour before the class to sort these out.


Dr. Fei-Man Hsu is a postdoctoral fellow at the Pellegrini lab in the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at UCLA. With a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Dr. Hsu specializes in bioinformatics. Her recent research is primarily focused on computational genomics and epigenomics in human primordial germ cells, viral impact to the host epigenomes, large scale NGS data analysis, and the development of bioinformatic tools. She holds a M.S. degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and a B.S. degree in Life Science from National Taiwan University.




It was a great intro course in Python! I’m glad I took the course!

I came in with zero experience and I feel much more comfortable with python now.

Thanks for a great workshop. You provided excellent and useful material for all types of researchers.

Thank you! It was an excellent course, teaching was perfect.

Very clear, perfect pace for beginners, great job, would highly recommend!

Workshop Details

Prerequisites: None
Length: 3 days, 3 hrs per day
Level: Introductory
Location: Boyer 529
Seats Available: 28

Spring 2024 Dates

April 2, 3, and 4

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM