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Monday, 13 January 2020 to Friday, 10 April 2020
Total hours: 40
Hours of lectures: 40

Examination procedure

  • oral exam


  1.       Introduction to bioinformatics
  2.       Biological databases
  3.       Pairwise sequence alignments
  4.       Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST)
  5.       Multiple sequence Alignment
  6.       Protein analysis and Proteomics
  7.       Introduction to Protein structure
  8.       Introduction to Nucleic Acids (RNA) Structure


Educational Goals:

Aim of the course is to provide students with the basic knowledge of bioinformatics techniques as an easy and friendly support for their study and research careers. This will entail: 1) theory of the most common bioinformatics algorithms and resources: who they are, what they do and why they are so important and increasingly used in modern biology research; 2) basic practical experience through hands-on-sessions on typical problems that can be answered by using popular online tools.

Bibliographical references

Introduction to Bioinformatics, by Arhur A. Lesk

Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, by Jonathan Pevsner