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Undergraduate Training

Bioinformatics teaching in undergraduate degrees is crucial if we want to better prepare the next generation of graduate students to tackle the challenges of modern science.

We contribute to a number of NST subjects throughout the year and are the organizers of the NST Part II BBS Bioinformatics Minor Subject.


NST Part II BBS Bioinformatics minor (128)

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that uses computational approaches to process biological data.  With the biological and biomedical sciences becoming more data-driven than ever before, bioinformatics is central to these areas.  This course introduces the fundamental bioinformatic concepts and methodologies used to analyse biological data.  It is structured around 3 main blocks; data science, omics analysis, and network analysis. 

In the Data Science for Bioinformatics block, we will introduce programming, data visualisation, data manipulation, statistics and machine learning.  These topics are fundamental to the analysis of data which are currently in high-demand due to the data-driven approach of answering research questions, driven by the increasing amount of data becoming available.  Knowledge gained from this set of lectures and practicals can be applied and transferred to different research domains.  

The Bioinformatics Approaches to Omics Analysis, will introduce omics data and bioinformatics workflows used to process omic datasets with hands-on practice on genomic and transcriptomic data.  We will go through the different stages of the omic data workflow, starting from the raw data, quality control, alignment, variant calling and analysis.  Finally, genome-wide association studies are introduced, a popular approach in population studies which allow the identification of associations between single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) loci and traits.

In the last block of the course, Pathway and Network Analysis of Biological Data, we will introduce ontologies and gene set enrichment analysis to link results obtained from the previous analyses back to biology and identify groups of genes or proteins that are over-represented in our results which may have an association with disease phenotypes.  It will also introduce basic concepts of biological networks and their analysis with hands-on practice using Cytoscape, a widely used platform for Network Analysis.

The course is specially designed for students coming from the biological and biomedical sciences.  The course consists of a set of lectures that introduce theoretical concepts, and practicals which provide hands-on practice using real biological datasets.

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Alexia Cardona

Alexia Cardona

Course Organiser for NST Part II BBS Bioinformatics minor 


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Cathy Hemmings

Course Administrator for NST Part II BBS Bioinformatics minor