Online Resources and Biological Data Analysis

Date:

 Thursday 9 August 201815:30 (Europe/London)Thursday 22 November 201816:00 (Europe/London)

Participation: 

First come, first served

Contact: 

Cath Brooksbank

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Overview

The series forms part of the curriculum for the Master in Computational Biology at the University of the Andes, and is being opened to a wider audience through the CABANA project. We would like to explore the possibility of other universities participating in this module in the future. Why not join us to experience the module and find out more?

Outcomes

  • Assess the role of bioinformatics in molecular life-science research
  • Recognise the major types of public data resources for biomolecular research
  • Select appropriate resources to explore data sets of interest to your research
  • Describe the key features of primary and secondary databases
  • List strategies for describing data consistently
  • Identify some of the different types of data analysis that can be applied to solving biological problems

Programme

Week 8: Thursday 20 September

Thursday 20 September

09:30–10:50 Colombia time / 15:30–16:50 British Summer Time / 14:30–15:50 UTC (check your time zone)

Exploring functional genomics with Expression Atlas

Laura Huerta Martinez, Senior Scientific Curator, Gene Expression [about Laura]

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Pre-webinar study

 

Estimated study time: 3-4 h

 

Pre-webinar study

Weeks  5 and 6: Tuesday 4 September to Thursday 13 September

09:00–10:50 Colombia time / 15:00–16:50 British Summer Time / 14:00–15:50 UTC (check your time zone)

Please note the earlier start time for these four webinars!

Browsing genomes with Ensembl

Emily Perry, Ensembl Outreach Project Leader, EMBL-EBI [about Emily]

Astrid Gall, Ensembl Outreach Officer [about Astrid]

Erin Haskell, Ensembl Outreach Officer [about Erin]

Tuesday 4 Sep, 15:00 BST

  • Introduction to Ensembl
  • Ensembl region
  • Ensembl genes
  • Questions
  • Exercises as homework

Thursday 6 September, 15:00 BST

  • Variation data in Ensembl
  • Comparing genes and genomes
  • Questions
  • Exercises as homework

Tuesday 11 September, 15:00 BST

  • Finding features that regulate genes
  • Data export with BioMart
  • Questions
  • Exercises as homework

Thursday 13 September, 15:00 BST

  • Custom data
  • The Ensembl Rest API
  • Questions
  • Exercises as homework

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Pre-webinar study

There is no pre-webinar study for this series; exercises will be provided at each webinar. If you would like to familiarise yourself with Ensembl before the webinar, take a look at...

Estimated study time: 3 h

 

Week 4: Thursday 30 August

We're having a short break this week

 

Week 3: Thursday 23 August

09:30–10:50 Colombia time / 15:30–16:50 British Summer Time / 14:30–15:50 UTC (check your time zone)

From papers to data with EuropePMC

Maria Levchenko, EuropePMC Community Manager, EMBL-EBI [about Maria]

Maria will give an introduction to literature and data searches in EuropePMC, EMBL-EBI's gateway to the life science literature.

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Pre-webinar study

 

Week 2: Thursday 16 August

09:30–10:50 Colombia time / 15:30–16:50 British Summer Time / 14:30–15:50 UTC (check your time zone)

An Introduction to Ontologies

Dani Welter, Ontologist, Human Cell Atlas, EMBL-EBI [About Dani]

Dani will explain what ontologies are and how they are used to improve searching and database interoperability.

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Pre-webinar study

Estimated study time: 2–3 h

 

Week 1: Thursday 9 August

09:30–10:50 Colombia time / 15:30–16:50 British Summer Time / 14:30–15:50 UTC (check your time zone)

Passport to a world of biodata

Cath Brooksbank, Head of Training, EMBL-EBI [about Cath]

Cath will provide an introduction to public data resources, with an emphasis on those provided by EMBL-EBI. She will summarise how data are collected and shared by the research community, why open data sharing is important, and touch on some of the different types of experiments that can be performed on biological data.

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Pre-webinar study

Estimated study time: 2–3 h

 

 

Audience

This series is suitable for graduate students and above in the molecular life sciences, or indeed anyone working in the biomolecular sciences wishing to familiarise themselves with the wealth of biological data available in the public domain. We also warmly welcome the participation of course directors and lecturers, so that they can gauge whether the content might be useful for their own courses.