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Introductory bioinformatics

A curated set of EMBL-EBI online courses

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> 3 hours

This course includes:

  • Activities
  • Quizzes
  • Videos

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January 2022


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This curated collection brings together a number of online tutorials and recorded webinars to provide 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.

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Who is this course for?

This collection is for anyone with an interest in learning about bioinformatics and EMBL-EBI resources to work through at their own pace. No prior skills are required, but undergraduate level knowledge of life sciences would be useful. 

To provide support alongside this introductory collection, we will also be running two Q&A webinars, where anyone will have the opportunity to join some of EMBL-EBI's experts live and ask their own questions. Please follow the links below to find out more and register for one or both of these Q&A webinars: 

Introductory bioinformatics Q&A session: genes and gene expression: 5 October 2022. The recording is now available.

Introductory bioinformatics Q&A session: proteins and structures: 12 October 2022. The recording is now available.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Outline what bioinformatics is
  • Describe the importance of data management
  • Recall which resources are available from EMBL-EBI
  • Know where to find information about genes
  • View information on gene expression
  • Search for protein information
  • Know where to find out more about EMBL-EBI resources

What resources do I need?

There are no specific resources required to complete this course.

DOI: 10.6019/TOL.IntroPathway-t.2021.00001.1

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