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Research projects in Bioinformatics


During a research project, you learn how to plan and carry out a project from start to end. These courses are available only for students within the Master’s programme in Bioinformatics at the Department of Biolog.

You may choose to do a 7.5, 15 or 30 credits research project. You can carry out the project full time or part time, during the semester or in the summer. You can do a project at a University in Sweden or abroad. You can also do a project at a company.

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Before the start

Contact a supervisor within the area of your interest and discuss the general outline of the project. Before proceeding, you should show your CV and LADOK excerpt to the supervisor. Note that the project can be conducted outside the university, for example at a company.

Write a project plan together with your supervisor when you have decided about a project. The plan should be brief, but give a clear description of your specific project (2–3 A4 pages). It should contain:

  1. Project title
  2. Name and e-mail addresses to you and the supervisor
  3. Topic, time, and number of credits
  4. Introduction, with a theoretical background to the project and key references
  5. The specific aim(s) of your project
  6. Methods
  7. Time plan (rough planning of the project). Remember to include time for writing of the report and preparations for the seminar.

During the project

Carefully document your work. You should document your work systematically in a README file. With the aid of the README file, you or another person should be able to recreate the current results from the original data. The README file may be used in the final examination and grading of your project. You should submit the README file together with the final report. Try to participate in group meetings, seminars, and such that may be arranged in the group or at the department where you are working. It is advisable to start writing the report as soon as possible. Parts of the introduction and materials and methods can be written in parallel with your practical/theoretical work.

The report

The project shall be presented as a scientific report in English. The format of your report should follow the instructions on how to write manuscripts for PLOS One. Author instructions are found on PLOS One's website. Discuss with your supervisor whether your report may deviate from these instructions. Your final report can be in manuscript form or you may choose a layout that is more similar to a printed paper.

Plagiarism. You are not allowed to present someone else’s work, such as text, figures or results, without giving proper reference. You may of course refer to the works of others, but you must write about it in your own words and refer to the source of information in a correct way.

The oral examination

Anna Runemark, Dag Ahrén and Eran Elhaik will act as examiners. The supervisor will take part in the discussion, but not in the decision. If the supervisor is not present, the examiner will contact the supervisor for his or her opinion.

All project work seminars are presented during the allocated examination period, three or four occasions each year. At the examination, you will give a presentation (about 10-15 min). After your presentation, the examiner will ask you questions and discuss your report and project, and thereafter the audience will be invited to ask questions.


Lotta Persmark, Study advisor, biology and bioinformatics

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se (Lotta[dot]Persmark[at]biol[dot]lu[dot]se)