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Tue 27 Feb 2018
09:00 - 12:00

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

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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EMBL-EBI: Introduction to Interpro

Tue 27 Feb 2018


Employ InterPro to help you answer your research questions!

This workshop will help you find out why there is a need to automatically annotate proteins, how protein family databases can help meet this challenge, and how InterPro pulls together a number of such databases, allowing you to classify unknown protein sequences and identify their function. The module is a combination of presentations and hands-on practical exercises. You will explore the various features of an InterPro entry, and design a workflow to utilise InterPro in the analysis of real world data.

Also note: This event is part of a series of short introductions focusing on EMBL-EBI resources. If you want to learn more about these separate training events, see the Related Courses section below.

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 module is suitable for researchers who wish to know more about the InterPro resource
  • 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

No previous bioinformatics experience is required, but an undergraduate level understanding of biology would be an advantage.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Tue 27 Feb 2018   09:00 - 12:00 09:00 - 12:00 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site map Lorna Richardson,  Alex Mitchell
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Database search, Data retrieval, Protein sequence analysis


After this course you should be able to:

  • describe the importance of automated annotation of protein sequences
  • use the InterPro database to classify protein sequences based on underlying protein family models
  • interpret the InterPro annotations and associated cross-references

During this course you will learn about:

  • InterPro (
  • Why we need automated tools to annotate protein sequences
  • The difference between pairwise similarity and homology based approaches
  • How the InterPro database is used to assign annotation and GO terms to protein sequences

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

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

If you have your own data set you are welcome to bring it along and use it during the practical part of the workshop.




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