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Applied Bioinformatics BIOR93

7,5 credits

The purpose of the course is for students to acquire a general understanding of bioinformatics concepts and tools commonly used in biology and molecular biology. You will be trained to conduct bioinformatics research with purpose of answering scientific questions in various biological subject areas.

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Course description

Major technological advances in affordable nucleic acid sequencing have allowed for an explosion of sequencing data and molecular tools available for researchers in biological sciences. This provides the opportunity for ecologists, evolutionary biologists and molecular biologists to incorporate bioinformatic analyses into their existing research program to approach their research questions from an interdisciplinary angle. The aim of the course is to provide the students with a general understanding of several major bioinformatics concepts and tools commonly used in biology and molecular biology. More specifically, the students should gain basic knowledge and practice in designing and executing bioinformatics procedures aimed at answering scientific questions in the fields mentioned above.

More specifically, the course gives an overview of the most commonly used methods within applied bioinformatics within the fields of biology and molecular biology. Areas that will be covered include: sequence databases, pairwise and multiple sequence alignment, homology searches in sequence databases and subcellular localization prediction. Several downstream analyses are performed and their utility in applied ecology, evolutionary biology and molecular biology research will be discussed with guest speakers. An overview of the algorithms and statistics behind the bioinformatics methods is included, but the primary focus of course will be on applicability, not on methodological details. 



Spring period 2b

Full-time, on campus, in English
The course is offered for the first time spring 2023.


You find information about application, prerequisites and the course syllabus at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature spring 2024



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You find the latest evaluation on our web page with course evaluations. 

Note that the course is offered for the first time spring 2023.

Course coordinators


Christina Ledje, study adviser, molecular biology

Telephone: +46 46 222 73 16
Email: molbiol_master [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se