Introduction to Bioinformatics for Molecular Biologists

This course will be given twice a year (oktober and february) (for exact dates and registration please click on the relevant course in the menu, 2 weeks full time, 3 ECTS)

Organizer: Berend Snel, Bioinformatics group, Dept. of Biology (, 030-253 3004).
This course is organized by the Departments of Biology (dr Berend Snel:, dr Guido Van den Ackerveken:, Prof dr Edwin Cuppen:, Pharmaceutical Sciences (dr. Bas van Breukelen: and Chemistry (dr Gert Folkers: of the Faculty of Beta Sciences and the Departments of Physiological Chemistry (dr Philip Lijnzaad:, Prof dr Frank Holstege: and Medical Genetics (dr Bobby Koeleman: of the Medical Faculty.

Course aim: To introduce commonly used bioinformatic concepts, tools and resources in molecular biological research.

Registration: Please register online on the cgdb website: (courses). CGDB students have priority in registration until 3 weeks before the start of the course.

Course description: “Introduction to Bioinformatics for Molecular Biologists” is a joint course for the various life science Masters programs at the Utrecht University. This introductory course provides an overview of the importance of Bioinformatics in various biological disciplines. While a (medical) biological background is required, no programming skills are needed. The course can be considered a general introduction to bioinformatics, with a focus on the research that is performed at Utrecht University. The theory and tools for bioinformatics provided are very useful for any life science researcher. Furthermore, follow-up courses are organized later in the year that will allow you to specialize in specific directions. This course is mandatory for following any of the follow-up courses. The course will be partially theoretical with general lectures (~30%) but the major focus will be on working with various tools and datasets. These computer tasks are performed in groups of 2 students. The maximum number of participants for this course is 40 students. The course will be concluded on the last day with an exam in the form of tasks that should be completed on the computer. Active participation during the course provides sufficient preparation to complete these tasks.

Course programme (see : possibly still the same programme as in the November 2009 course.


Follow-up courses for which this course is essential: Perl, BioPerl, Ensembl API (Cuppen)
Microarray course (Holstege)
Proteomics course (Van Breukelen)
Evolutionary Genomics (Snel)