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R Programming for Beginners

July 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


You should take this workshop if you don’t have any (or only a little) experience programming in R, but you want to! R is terrific to learn because with it, you can tackle larger scale problems, execute and test out your ideas!

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn R and RStudio basics
  • Learn about data types and data structures in R
  • Practice reading files and manipulating data in R
  • Practice generating plots in R

The goal of this 3hr workshop is to get you comfortable with R so that it seems less scary (if it does right now)! This is an informal, hands-on workshop and by no means a thorough introduction to R! but just enough to get you started. We will walk through different examples and learn things about R and RStudio along the way. All beginners are welcome!

Please install R and RStudio (in that order) from:


Huiwen Zheng

Huiwen Zheng received her Master of Bioinformatics degree from the University of Queensland in 2018. She is currently undertaking her PhD with Assoc. Prof. Jessica Mar in Computational Biology and Biostatistics at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). Her research is mainly focused on analysing large-scale single-cell transcriptomic data to understand the gene-expression heterogeneity within cancer cell populations. She is a volunteer helper at R-Ladies Brisbane, a QLD representative at COMBINE, and also involved in the larger Bioinformatics network in Queensland as a volunteer instructor in different bioinformatics workshops.

Atefeh (Ati) Taherian Fard

Ati is a Postdoctoral research fellow at Jessica Mar’s lab at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). After receiving her PhD in Computational and Systems Biology, she’s been working with different large-scale genomics and transcriptomics data to explore gene expression variability in normal cell development and disease progression. Along with her research, she’s been running different bioinformatics workshops. She is a Software Carpentry instructor and one of the main hosts of R-Ladies Brisbane, promoting and teaching R! to the R community and public!



July 22, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


AIBN Level 1 Seminar Room