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EMBL-EBI: Bioinformatics resources for exploring disease related data




This workshop will introduce students to EMBL-EBI, the databases and services it offers, and basic concepts in bioinformatics that will be of use to their disease related research work.

It will explain the role of the EMBL-EBI in curating and sharing biological data with scientists around the world, and introduce concepts for locating relevant data and information of interest.

Sessions with trainers from Ensembl, ArrayExpress and the GWAS catalog will introduce practical skills in browsing genes and variation in a genomic context, in exploring SNP-trait associations and will show how further understanding can be gained on the location and level of gene expression across the body.



Melissa Burke, EMBL-EBI
Anja Fullgrabe, EMBL-EBI
Laura Huerta-Martinez, EMBL-EBI
Emily Perry, EMBL-EBI
Laura Harris,EMBL-EBI

Audience and Prerequisites

  • This workshop is aimed at students on the Rare Diseases and Experimental
    Medicine MPhil courses at the University of Cambridge.  Students from
    the wider clinical sciences group are also able to attend subject to
    space being available.
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals


Syllabus, Tools and Resources

During this course you will learn about:

  • EMBL-EBI and the major databases and bioinformatics services
  • Approaches to searching for and locating biological data
  • Ensembl Genome Browser and variation resources
  • Array Express and Expression Atlas
  • GWAS catalogue


Learning Objectives

After this course you should be able to:

  • Use EBI Search to locate relevant data and information on genes and proteins of interest
  • Explore the human genome and gene data using the Ensembl Genome Browser
  • Access gene expression data and knowledge from Array Express & Expression Atlas
  • Navigate the GWAS catalogue



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