Microarray data and pathway analysis: example from the bench
by drs. Jolien Vermeire - HIVlab, Department of Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology – UGent
The increased availability and lower cost of gene expression microarrays has stimulated the use of transcriptome studies in a high variety of fields. Generating expression data at whole-genome level can indeed be a powerful method to characterize cellular pathways involved in a certain biological process. However, the challenge of extracting relevant biological information from such large datasets still prevents researchers from exploiting this tool. In this presentation I will share my personal experience, as a 'researcher non-bioinformatician', with performing microarray data and pathway analyses. I will give a general overview of the different steps that where followed in order to transform raw gene expression data, obtained in context of HIV research, into useful biological information and highlight different methods and software tools that helped me in this process.