EMBL-EBI Workshop: Bioinformatics Resources for Chemical and Molecular Biology


 Monday 14 Tuesday 15 October 2019


Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology - Otto-Hahn-Straße 11, 44227,  Dortmund, Germany

Application opens: 

Tuesday 25 June 2019

Application deadline: 

Friday 27 September 2019


By invitation


Lucia Sironi

Registration closed

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Course Overview

This workshop will explore bioinformatics data resources related to the fields of biological and chemical physiology. Participants will be introduced to several databases and tool sets available through the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute website that can be used to identify useful scientific information and understanding of physiological processes. During the two days participants will learn about these resources through short lectures, work through practical examples and use cases of relevant databases and have time to discuss how best to make use of various tools in their own research.


This workshop is aimed at researchers working in molecular physiology with intertests in biology, chemistry and physics. It will be useful for scientists wanting to learn more about biomolecular data resources and how bioinformatics tools can be used to learn more about the function and interactions of proteins of interest. 


  • introduction-embl-ebi-resources-and-tools
  • sequence-searching-and-alignments
  • protein-sequence-and-function-uniprot-gene-ontology
  • chembl-and-surechembl-bioactive-molecules-targets-and-patent-resources
  • interactions-and-pathways

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop participants should have developed an appreciation for the publically-available data that they can use in their own research, how to begin basic analysis and the next steps they might want to take in using it as part of their own research. Further information on each module can be found below.


Day 1 – Monday 14 October 2019
9:00-09:15 Arrival and registration  
09:15-09:45 Introduction to EMBL-EBI data resources Hema Bye-A-Jee & Fabio Madeira
09:45-10:30 Sequence searching and alignments Fabio Madeira
10:30-10:45 Break  
10:45-13:00 Sequence searching and alignments Fabio Madeira
13:00-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:30 Introduction to UniProt Hema Bye-A-Jee
15:30-15:45 Break  
15:45-17:15 Protein sequence and function Hema Bye-A-Jee
17:30 End of day  
Day 1 – Tuesday 15 October 2019
9:00-09:15 Arrival and registration  
09:15-10:30 Bioactive molecules, targets, and patent resources Anne Hersey
10:30-10:45 Break  
10:45-13:00 Bioactive molecules, targets, and patent resources Anne Hersey
13:00-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-15:30 Interactions and pathways Birgit Meldal
15:30-15:45 Break  
15:45-17:15 Interactions and pathways Birgit Meldal
17:30 End of day