EMBL-EBI: An Introduction to Sequence Searching


  Thursday 2 February 2017


University of Cambridge - Downing Site, Cambridge,  CB2 3AR, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 

Wednesday February 01 2017


First come, first served


Louisa Bellis

Registration fee: 

This course is free to University of Cambridge students, but charges will apply for other participants.

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Course Overview

This workshop introduces the area of sequence similarity searching and focuses on how to use tools like BLAST and PSI-Search to find homologous sequences in EMBL-EBI databases. This session will include tips on which tool and database to use, input formats, how to change parameters and how to interpret the results pages.


The workshop is aimed at researchers who need to undertake sequence searching as part of their work.  No previous bioinformatics experience is required, but an undergraduate level understanding of biology would be an advantage.

Modules and resources

During this course you will learn about:

  • Web-based pairwise sequence alignment tools
  • Web-based sequence similarity search tools such as BLAST, FASTA, PSI-BLAST, PSI-SEARCH

Learning outcomes

After this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the basics of sequence similarity searching and sequence homology
  • Find related biological sequence data across EMBL-EBI resources
  • Use different sequence similarity tools and apply appropriate tools for different applications.


Time Topic Trainer
Day 1 - Thursday 2 february 2017
14:00 Welcome  
  Introduction to sequence searching at EMBL-EBI Tom Hancocks
15:30 Break  
  Introduction to sequence searching at EMBL-EBI Tom Hancocks
17:30 End of workshop and feedback