Lesson Material

Here are past topics and workshops from BioData Club. If you want us to do another workshop, please let us know!


Data Scavenger Hunt: NHANES

This workshop introduces you to the basics bethind Exploratory Data Analysis, by exploring associations between outcomes such as Depression, Type 2 Diabetes, and Physical Activity with an easy to use web app. Let’s explore and teach each other about the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) dataset.

The Magic of Markdown

This workshop introduces you to Markdown, an easy to learn format to save written documents in. Once you have a document in Markdown, you can transform it into all sort of outputs: from webpages, slides, PDF documents, and even Reproducible Analysis.

Setting up a GitHub Page

Once you know Markdown, you can now setup your own personal GitHub Page, with your academic CV and other accomplishments! We cover how to personalize it and add posts in Markdown.

Git for Collaboration

This is a workshop introducing you to Git and GitHub. Learn the basics of Git by sorting panels from Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies.


This was a four part course created on DataCamp to introduce everyone to visualizing, data wrangling, and simple statistics with tidyverse packages.

Discussion Topics

This is a list of discussion topics and talks hosted by BioData Club that we think have been successful and of interest to other BioData Club Groups

This is a paper by Greg Wilson that outlines how to improve your scientific software.

We had a discussion about Jeff Leek’s book How to be a Modern Scientist and what it means for students and postdocs today.

Alison Presmanes Hill gave a talk for our visualization hacky hour about how she slowly revised and improved a figure. Very funny and very informative.

We at BioData Club are cross-disciplinary by nature. What does it take to be a good cross-disciplinary collaborator?

Events/Workshops by Date