Bioinformatics for the Bench Biologist

The Scope of the Meeting

The FEBS 2012 Practical Course aims to bring together the combined experience of experts in the field of bioinformatics and training, with early-stage researchers who have no formal bioinformatics training but deeply rely on using bioinformatics resources and tools. Covering major research fields, spanning from genomics to systems biology, the course will combine teaching some of the general concepts that are important for understanding how to make the most of data with hands-on experience using databases, through a range of widely applicable case studies.


Cutting edge researchers will offer theoretical knowledge on when, why and how to efficiently use the resources and tools in own research. The talks will be followed by practical computer based sessions where participants are provided with tutorials and exercises to perform during the course. Another form of practical work will be quizzes, reflective tasks and experimental workflow design and discussion. To maximize the interaction of lecturers and participants, they will all be accommodated in the same hotel and have meals together as well as participate in other course social events. PhD students and postdocs will also have an opportunity to present their own research on the first day during the poster session and exchange knowledge and ideas on how to efficiently explore and extract information concerning their own work.


Homology, sequence searching and multiple alignments
Phylogenetics and genome browsing
Functional genomics
Protein resources and tools
Systems biology

+ show speakers and program
Prof. Terri Attwood
Michael Smith Building,Oxford Road
Manchester, UK
Scientific Interest: Prof. Attwood’s research lies in the field of bioinformatics, specifically in the area of protein sequence analysis. She maintains a database of protein fingerprints (PRINTS), which is accessible for searching via the Web and available for local installation via anonymous ftp. PRINTS is a companion resource to PROSITE, providing both a detailed annotation resource for protein families, and a diagnostic tool for newly-determined sequences (it therefore has particular relevance in the current drive to analyse, and functionally annotate, data from various genome projects).
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Prof. Des Higgins
Conway Institute
University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland
Scientific Interest: Prof. Higgins’ research centers on developing new bioinformatics and statistical tools for evolutionary biologists. The laboratory collaborates on the widely used Clustal and T-Coffee programs for multiple sequence alignment, researches the use of multivariate statistical methods for analysis of microarray data sets and addresses molecular evolutionary questions using bioinformatics approaches: for example, the evolution of promoters, introns and noncoding RNA genes. maintains and develops the Clustal W and Clustal X packages for multiple sequence alignment.
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David Philip Judge
Bioinformatics Teaching Facility
SBS Bioinformatics Teaching Facility
Department of Genetics
Cambridge, UK
Scientific Interest: Genetics, Bioinformatics resources and tools, programming for biologists, molecular biology, sequence searching.

Dr. David Landsman
Computational Biology Branch
Bethesda, USA
Scientific Interest: Structure and function of interphase chromatin and nuclei, Molecular and cellular interactions controlling gene expression in eukaryotes, Recognition and modelling of functional domains in proteins, Database design for biological data, Computational tools for molecular biology.

Dr. Boris Lenhard
Group Leader Computational Biology Unit (CBU) and Sars International Centre, University of Bergen
Bergen, Norway
Scientific Interest: Long-range gene regulation and animal development; transcription factor binding sites and transcription start sites; transcriptome analysis and non-coding RNA; Comparative genomics of calcification pathways.

Prof. dr. Jack A.M. Leunissen
Professor of Bioinformatics; Head of Department
Wageningen University,Lab. of Bioinformatics
Wageningen, The Netherlands
Scientific Interest: bioinformatics research and service provision, integrative bioinformatics, data mining, text mining.
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Dr. Vicky Schneider
EMBL-EBITraining Programme Project Leader
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Cambridge, UK
Scientific Interest: Bioinformatics Training methods and processes, OMICS, Molecular Interactions, Evolutionary Biology, Phylogenetics, Ecology.

Prof. Anna Tramontano
Biocomputing, Department of Department of Physics
University of Rome "La Sapienza"
Rome, Italy
Scientific Interest: Genome functional annotation, Protein Structure Prediction, Protein structure analysis, Protein sequence analysis, Protein design, Antibody structure, Viral proteins.
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Prof. Jordi Villa-Freixa
Computational Biochemistry and Biophysics lab
Research Group on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB) - IMIM/UPF
Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
Scientific Interest: Prof. Villa’s Lab is involved in a number of national and international projects ranging from the understanding of enzymatic reactivity at the atomic detail to building information systems useful to relate patients, clinicians and researchers.
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Prof. Kristian Vlahoviček
Bioinformatics group, Molecular Biology Dept.Head
Division of Biology,Faculty of Science
Zagreb, Croatia
Scientific Interest: Systems-level biology, Metabolomics, Microbial metagenomics, Comparative and Evolutionary genomics, Protein-interaction predictions.
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Dr. James Watson
Senior Scientific Training Officer
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Cambridge, UK
Scientific Interest: Structural Biology, protein structure and function, Bioinformatics resources and tools for molecular biologists, molecular evolution.

3 Sep - 8 Sep 2012

Croatia (Hrvatska)
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