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Mon 30 Oct 2017
09:45 - 17:00

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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EMBL-EBI: Bioinformatics resources for exploring disease related data

Mon 30 Oct 2017


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.

The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access available to this level.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register your interest by linking here.

Target audience
  • 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
  • Please be aware that these courses are only free for registered University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged a registration fee in some form. Registration fees and further details regarding the charging policy are available here.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Mon 30 Oct 2017   09:45 - 17:00 09:45 - 17:00 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site map Melissa Burke,  Anja Fullgrabe,  Laura Huerta-Martinez,  Emily Perry,  Laura Harris

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

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

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals


Day 1 Topics Speaker(s)
09:45 - 10:00 Welcome and Introductions Melissa Burke
10:00 - 11:00 Introduction to EBI resources, EMBL-EBI search tool Melissa Burke
11:00 - 12:00 GWAS catalogue Laura Harris
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (not provided)
13:00 - 14:30 Ensembl genome browser Emily Perry
14:30 - 16:30 ArrayExpress and Expression Atlas Anja Fullgrabe, Laura Huerta
16:30 - 17:00 Wrap up and feedback
Registration fees
  • Free for registered University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, temporary visitors (students and researchers) and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • It remains the participant's responsibility to acquire prior approval from the relevant group leader, line manager or budget holder to attend the course. It is requested that people booking only do so with the agreement of the relevant party as costs will be charged back to your Lab Head or Group Supervisor.
  • £ 50/day for all other academic participants from external Institutions and charitable organizations. These charges must be paid at registration
  • £ 100/day for all Industry participants. These charges must be paid at registration
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here



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