University of Cambridge Training

Bioinformatics: Using the Ensembl Genome Browser beginners prerequisites 

Provided by: GSLS

Tue 2 Apr 2013  –  Department of Genetics, Room G12

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Description: The Ensembl project provides a comprehensive and integrated source of annotation of, mainly vertebrate, genome sequences. This one-day hands-on workshop offers a comprehensive practical introduction to the use of the Ensembl genome browser as well as essential background information. Non-vertebrate genomes at a related project, may also be explored. Further information concerning course content is available. A course timetable is also available.

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Target audience:

Duration: 1


Number of sessions: 1

Date Time Venue Trainer
Tue 2 Apr 09:30 - 17:30 Department of Genetics, Room G12 Giulietta Spudich ,  Denise Carvalho-Silva ,  Emily Pritchard

Format: Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

Frequency: A number of times per year


  • Graduate level in Life Sciences

Aims: To enable participants to browse the Ensembl Databases with confidence

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Ensembl: origin, goals and organization of the Ensembl project
  • Worked example: guided tour of the most important pages of the Ensembl website
  • Data mining with BioMart: retrieving genomic information using the web interface (no programming required).
  • Understanding genes and transcripts in Ensembl
  • Finding sequence variants (polymorphisms such as SNPs and CNVs)
  • Comparative genomics (homology and cross-species comparisons)


  • None of our current courses require you to bring your own computer, however, if you want to bring a laptop and have it online we can arrange access via the University Lapwing wireless service
  • Participants are encouraged to bring problems/questions about their research to try to tackle these during the workshop using Ensembl

Theme: SBS Practical Bioinformatics Training: Specialized Topics