RNA Bioinformatics

   Deadline for applications: May 1st 2011
   Notification of acceptance dates:
        EARLY: April 28th 2011
        NORMAL: May 2nd 2011
   Course date: May 9th - May 11th 2011


Lars Barquist completed a bachelor's degree in Biomathematics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. Following this, he spent two years as a specialist in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley working on problems in biological sequence analysis. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK

Anton Enright completed his PhD degree at the Computational Genomics Group in the EBI on modelling protein interactions. He then worked as a post-doc at the Computational Biology Center in the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center before taking a group leader position at the The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. He is now a group leader at the EBI.

European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK

Course description:


This course will give an overview of RNA and the informatic challenges associated with studying RNA. This course will be run as a mixture of lectures and hands-on problem solving sessions.


The course is practical in nature. After participating attendees will be aware of the difficulties in dealing with RNA. Current methods for addressing these challenges and the limitations of each approach. They should be able to predict RNA secondary structures, be able to use state of the art RNA homology search tools, predict RNA:RNA interactions, and use comparative methods for studying RNA structure. This course also offers training in small RNA analysis as described in the Detailed Program.

Course Pre-requisites:

Basic Molecular Biology. Graduate level understanding of Molecular Biology. A basic level of computer knowledge will be assumed.

Target Audience:

Biologists interested in applying computational tools for RNA sequence analysis to their research.

Detailed Program

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência,

Apartado 14, 2781-901 Oeiras, Portugal

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Last updated:  April 2nd 2011