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 Materials

  •   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. Sergey Knyazev is a postdoctoral fellow from Dr. Pasaniuc‘s Lab at UCLA. Before joining UCLA, Sergey developed, bench-marked, and applied NGS data processing software for viral and metagenomic data at Dr. Zelikovsky’s lab at GSU and Dr. Swithzer’s lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He received M.S. in Applied Mathematics at Saint Petersburg Academic University and Ph.D. in Computer Science at Georgia State University (GSU).



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 2022 Dates

March 29, 30, and 31
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM