EMBO Practical Course on Bioinformatics and Comparative Genome Analyses (7-19 May 2012, Stazione Zoo

The main objective of this intensive course is to strengthen capacities of PhD students and young scientists, in Bioinformatics and large-scale genome data analyses skills.


The course will focus on reviews on advanced fundamental algorithms and methods used in Bioinformatics and their applications in genome studies.

The course topics will include among others, theoretical and practical aspects in:

  • Large-scale genome comparisons,

  • Evolutionary analyses,

  • Sequence and genome alignments,

  • Methods for reapeats detection in genomes sequences,

  • Orthologs prediction and classification,

  • Genome data visualization,

  • Methods and tools used in Next Generation Sequencing Data analyses,

  • Practical sessions in a Linux environment will involve Unix and Perl scripting,

  • Participants are expected to be familiar with this environment.

The topics that will be included in the course programme are similar to those included in previously organized courses: http://www.pasteur.fr/~tekaia/BGA_courses.html


The course is aimed at motivated Ph.D students and Post-Doctoral Researchers in Academic Institutions, with background in Mathematics, Statistics, Biology or Computer Science and who are involved in Bioinformatics and Genomes studies.

Selection of participants will be based on their background, running research projects and on expressed motivations.

Selected students will have free accommodation and meals and are expected to contribute with 400 euros and to pay for their travel expenses.

All participants (students and invited speakers) will stay in the same hotel.


Detailed indications are available on the course web site: http://events.embo.org/12-comparative-genomics/index.html


Candidates are advised to complete carefully the application form, together with a "one-page CV" and a personal Identity Picture (Photo).


The application deadline is March 30, 2012.


With our best best wishes for the New Year.


The organizers: Giuseppe D'Onofrio (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples - Italy) and Fredj Tekaia (Institut Pasteur Paris, France)