Introduction to Bioinformatics Resources

An integral area of bioinformatics is the development and application of tools and algorithms to store, manage and analyse biological data. There are a number of well developed and established resources that house large amounts of annotated data. These resources have been developed to provide easy and intuitive access to complex data via graphical user interfaces.

Topics Covered

The main themes to be covered in this course are:
• Bioinformatics databases and resources
• Genome browsers (Ensembl)
• Sequence alignment theory and applications
• Protein bioinformatics resources

Expected Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Locate the key bioinformatics databases and retrieve data of interest
• Understand the principles of sequence alignment theory
• Use selected tools to analyse data and interpret the results
• Discuss the strengths and limitations of the various techniques

The course aims to cover a variety of resources, so in this introductory course, the aim is to give you an overview of the area and enough practical experience with the tools and techniques so
that you can apply the knowledge for yourself when required.

Course Schedule

MONDAY, 28TH APRIL 2014

TOPIC

Introduction to bioinformatics and application areas

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Biological databases and resources

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Biological databases and resources

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Data formats and data types

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TUESDAY, 29TH APRIL 2014

TOPIC

Introduction to Genome Browsers

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Ensembl walkthrough example

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Ensembl practical

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WEDNESDAY, 30TH APRIL 2014

TOPIC

Introduction to searching

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The Basics of BLAST searching

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BLAST

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THURSDAY, 1ST MAY 2014

TOPIC

Pairwise sequence alignment

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Introduction to EMBOSS

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Pairwise alignment with EMBOSS

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FRIDAY, 2ND MAY 2014

TOPIC

Introduction to protein bioinformatics

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Protein bioinformatic resources

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Protein bioinformatic resources

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