Bioinformatics for the terrified An introduction to the science of bioinformatics
What is bioinformatics and where does it fit with bench-based life science research? Find out more about bioinformatics tools and resources that are available and how you can start to apply them in your research.
Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at experimental or bench-based researchers working in the molecular life sciences who have little or no previous experience of using bioinformatics databases or tools. It will provide a broad overview of bioinformatics as a subject and the resources available publicly for researchers to access and use.
An undergraduate knowledge of a subject related to the life sciences would be an advantage.
This online tutorial is part of the Introductory bioinformatics pathway: A curated set of EMBL-EBI online courses, which provides an introduction to bioinformatics, a brief tour of the resources available from EMBL-EBI and more details about some of those resources, including Ensembl, UniProt and Expression Atlas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Assess the role of bioinformatics in molecular science.
- 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.
What resources do I need?
There are no specific resources required to complete this course.
- What is bioinformatics?
- The role of public databases
- What makes a good bioinformatics database?
- Tips on managing and sharing data
- Where do I submit my data?
- Bioinformatics as an experimental science
- Your feedback
- Learn more
How and when to access the course
All our courses are designed with flexibility in mind. You can access them for free at any time, just click on the “Enter Course” button.
It is up to you how you use the course; you can either study the full course or you can focus on sections that are relevant to you. To jump between sections, use the navigation bar on the left or the arrows at the bottom of the page. You can also choose whether to complete the course in one go, or over several visits.
The average time to read through the main body of the course is 3 hours (not including exercises and external links). The time may vary depending on your prior knowledge and how you choose to work through the course.
Making the most of the course
Learning something new takes time and practice. We encourage you to:
- Use the activities and quizzes to help you check your learning, recall and apply key concepts. Look out for these icons
Activities Quizzes Videos
- Revisit sections as and when you need them. Bookmark relevant pages in your browser or use the navigation panel to jump the relevant section.
Getting help and providing feedback
If something isn’t working or if you have a question get in touch by contacting us at email@example.com
Tell us what you thought about the course (both good and bad!) using the “Feedback and help” button found at the top of each page.
Your feedback helps us ensure we are providing training that is relevant and useful for you.
For help and support on EMBL-EBI resources you can contact the helpdesk directly.
You can explore other training on offer from EMBL-EBI on our website. We offer online courses, webinars, face-to-face courses and offsite training.