From 2 November 2020, the autumn semester 2020 will take place online. Exceptions: Courses that can only be carried out with on-site presence.
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551-1299-00L  Introduction to Bioinformatics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersS. Sunagawa, M. Gstaiger, A. Kahles, G. Rätsch, B. Snijder, E. Vayena, C. von Mering, N. Zamboni
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractThis course introduces principle concepts, the state-of-the-art and methods used in some major fields of Bioinformatics. Topics include: genomics, metagenomics, network bioinformatics, and imaging. Lectures are accompanied by practical exercises that involve the use of common bioinformatic methods and basic programming.
ObjectiveThe course will provide students with theoretical background in the area of genomics, metagenomics, network bioinformatics and imaging. In addition, students will acquire basic skills in applying modern methods that are used in these sub-disciplines of Bioinformatics. Students will be able to access and analyse DNA sequence information, construct and interpret networks that emerge though interactions of e.g. genes/proteins, and extract information based on computer-assisted image data analysis. Students will also be able to assess the ethical implications of access to and generation of new and large amounts of information as they relate to the identifiability of a person and the ownership of data.
ContentEthics:
Case studies to learn about applying ethical principles in human genomics research

Genomics:
Genetic variant calling
Analysis and critical evaluation of genome wide association studies

Metagenomics:
Reconstruction of microbial genomes
Microbial community compositional analysis
Quantitative metagenomics

Network bioinformatics:
Inference of molecular networks
Use of networks for interpretation of (gen)omics data

Imaging:
High throughput single cell imaging
Image segmentation
Automatic analysis of drug effects on single cell suspension (chemotyping)
Prerequisites / NoticeCourse participants have already acquired basic programming skills in Python and R.

Students will bring and work on their own laptop computers, preferentially running the latest versions of Windows or MacOSX.