By the end of the course the participants must be able to:
- Master essential knowledge of bioinformatics analysis;
- Autonomously use the bioinformatics tools presented, understanding its capabilities and limitations, and interpret the results in a self-confident manner.
The course is organized in five theoretical-practical sessions held on consecutive days where the following syllabus contents will be taught:
Session 1. Sequence databases: introduction, examples, data retrieval. Practical exercises I.
Session 2. Sequence comparison: alignment methods, similarity searches, homology, protein motifs and domains. Practical exercises II.
Session 3. Sequence analysis: prediction of biological properties from DNA, RNA and protein sequences. Primer design for cloning and gene expression analyses and siRNA design. Restriction maps. Practical exercises III.
Session 4. Gene ontology: retrieving biological insight from high throughput experiments. Gene expression databases. Sequence variation and mutations linked to genetic neurological diseases. Practical exercises IV.
Session 5. Integration of biological data: comparison of gene data sets and multiple databases query. Practical exercises V.
The evaluation will take into account the following components:
(i) Individual written work based on solving proposed problems (RPP) in all sessions (80%), and
(ii) Daily evaluation considering pertinent comments and discussions during the classes (AD) (20%).
The assessment shall be expressed on a scale of 0 to 20 values and calculated according to the following formula:
Final grade = (RPPx0.8) + (ADx0.2)
Specific admission conditions
Frequency of higher education or university degree in Biological or Medical Sciences. Basic computer skills are required.
Selection and ranking criteria
Curriculum analysis (60%):
- PhD* (5 points)
- Master/BSc before-Bologna process* (3 points)
- BSc* (2 points)
- Postgraduation course/short course (few weeks) (Biological Sciences areas) (1 point)
Professional experience in areas related to the Course (40%):
- Professional experience (1 point/year; maximum of 5 points)
(*) These three criteria are mutually exclusive.
Number of participants: 12 (max)/2 (min).
Tuition fee: 150¤ (Other institutions)/125¤ (Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto). The fee must be paid upon definitive registration.
Coordinator and Faculty: Filipe Almeida Monteiro (PhD in Biomedical Sciences), Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto.
School Year Calendar:
Schedule: 2pm-6pm (6-8/05/2019) and 2pm-5pm (9-10/05/2019)
9.01 to 12.02.2019
Registration on-line :
18.03 to 8.04.2019
|Teacher Responsible:||Filipe Monteiro|
|Type of course/cycle of study:||Continuing Training Unit|