Introductory Bioinformatics

   IMPORTANT DATES for this Course
   Deadline for applications: Feb 27th 2010(New)
   Notification of acceptance dates:
        EARLY:  February 3rd 2010
        NORMAL:  February 26th 2009
   Course date: March 8th to March 12th 2010


David P Judge is a Computer Scientist that teaches Bioinformatics since 1985. He runs the Bioinformatics Teaching Facilty housed at the Department of Genetics in the University of Cambridge, providing the necessary environment for graduate and undergraduate courses, on top of a comprehensive training programme in cooperation with the European Bioinformatics Institute and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. He teaches Bioinformatics in many international training programmes and regularly in many places in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. His course notes and exercises are well known in the international community of Bioinformatics users.

Affiliation: University of Cambridge, Department of Genetics, Cambridge, UK

Phil Cunningham is the Senior Bioinformatics Officer at King's College University of London.

Phil has been supporting KCL Biomedical scientists for well over 20 years after graduating in Biochemistry at Sussex University (1969). During his post graduate studies at Sussex he was introduced to computers (1971) and has been involved in "biological computing" ever since. A Post Graduate Certificate in Education (1976) ensured a fuller awareness of the extra difficulties involved in teaching (as opposed to learning) scientific material and this has proved invaluable in the last decade and a half whilst teaching bioinformatics to KCL undergraduates. Phil has also taught in several courses in Portugal, in the GTPB and the University of Minho, Braga.

Affiliation: King's College University of London Department of Biochemistry, London, UK

Pedro Fernandes graduated in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at IST (U.T. Lisboa). He worked in Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics and Physiology and changed to Bioinformatics in 1990. He established the first user community in Portugal around the national service provided by the portuguese node of the EMBnet. In 1998 he created the Gulbenkian Training Programme in Bioinformatics, providing user skills to more then 950 course attendees throughout its nine years of existance. In 2002 he designed a Masters Programme in Bioinformatics in cooperation with Mario Silva from the University of Lisboa. In 2006 he launched a new service based on a High Performance Computing platform. He teaches Bioinformatics both in graduate and undergraduate programmes.

Affiliation: Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, PT

Course description


The course sets out to introduce an extensive range of computing facilities vital for molecular biological research. This will be acheived primarily through "hands on" exercises based around an investigation of a well documented human disease. How information can be obtained both by analysis of raw sequence data and by interrogation of information resources will be demonstrated.


The course is a user course. How to use the various tools is thus the prime objective. However, where it is useful, the operation of the programs will be discussed as far as is required. Participants will know how to set up the programs in an informed fashion, and to fully understand the output generated. On completion of this 5 day long training, they will also know how to implement this methodology elsehwere, using public domain software and data resources.

The course will provide participants with an awareness of a wide range of bioinformatics tools and sufficient experience to use those tools in basic investigations.

Target Audience

This course is intended for those wishing to investigate how they might begin to exploit the ever expanding abundance of computing resources for molecular biologists.

Course Pre-requisites

Basic understanding of molecular biology and no particular computing expertise will be assumed.

Detailed Program

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência,

Apartado 14, 2781-901 Oeiras, Portugal

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Last updated:  Jaanuary 19th 2010