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09 Apr 2013 - 10 Apr 2013 
databases; sequence alignment; arrayexpress; ensembl
Gelder, van Celia Dr.


EBI Roadshow: Databases, Sequence Alignment, ArrayExpress & Ensembl

** See below under Downloads for the programme for this course **

This course is aimed at researchers across the Netherlands who wish to develop their understanding of the data resources and tools available from EMBL-EBI. The programme provides an overview of commonly-used EBI public resources for the analysis of nucleotide, protein and microarray data. Delegates will learn about these data resources in short lectures and then gain hands-on experience in using them to analyse data. The practical exercises use web-browser-based tools and assume no previous training in bioinformatics programming.

The course will comprise the following EBI training modules:

April 9, 2013:

  • Introduction to the databases at the EBI Sequence Searching and Alignment

April 10, 2013

  • ArrayExpress: Public database for transcriptomics data & Gene Expression Atlas
  • Ensembl for new Ensembl users


  • Andrew Cowley – External Services
  • Amy Tang – Functional Genomics
  • Emily Pritchard – Ensembl

What will you learn?

After this course you should be able to:

  • Navigate the EBI website and the different ways to access and retrieve data
  • Understand the depth and variety of tools and databases available at the EBI
  • Recognize the major databases at EBI
  • Understand the principles of nucleotide and protein sequence searching
  • Use the different sequence searching tools available at the EBI (including BLAST, FASTA and iterative searches), and which ones are appropriate for different applications
  • Use the different sequence alignment tools available
  • Browse and retrieve data from the ArrayExpress public repository of transcriptomics data
  • Browse and retrieve data from the Gene Expression Atlas
  • Conduct a query for condition-specific gene expression patterns as well as broader exploratory searches for biologically interesting genes/samples correlations
  • Understand the process of genome annotation with a focus on vertebrates and other eukaryotes
  • Use data mining approaches based on BioMart
  • Understand how to look at comparative genomics data (gene trees and homologies) and sequence variation (including structural variation)

You can register here.

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