Graduate School VMAS


Introduction to bioinformatics 10 credits

The course aims to give the student a solid foundation in the basic methods of bioinformatics. It will cover the theories, algorithms and practical applications of computer-based methods for analysis of DNA sequences and protein structures. The topics to be covered include: - biological databases - homology analysis - sequence analysis (with emphasis on the package EMBOSS and UGENE) - statistics and R introduction - web-based tools for analysis - the Unix operating system - phylogeny - comparative genomics - functional genomics - Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • understand and describe the basic principles of bioinformatics
  • independently carry out comparisons of protein and DNA sequences, and to interpret the results
  • work within Unix/Linux operating systems
  • build a bioinformatics "workbench" with publicly-available programs that are suited to his/her own needs
  • use biological databases
  • describe the statistical methods on which bioinformatics is based
  • perform bioinformatics analysis and critically evaluate, validate and judge the results
  • Extent:
    10 credits

    Admitted to a postgraduate program in animal science, biology, veterinary medicine, food science, nutrition, nursing, bioinformatics or similar subjects, or to a residency program in veterinary science. Some knowledge in biology or cell biology/molecular genetics.

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