A Professional Certificate in Bioinformatics was successfully organised at the Veterinary Sciences Centre in University College Dublin (UCD) from 23rd May to 3rd June 2016. This course was part of the the EU GplusE project.
The course was delivered by experts in bioinformatics and genomics from the University of Missouri, University of Liege, University of Ghent and UCD who are all partners within the GplusE project. The aim of the course was to provide specialized training to graduate students in veterinary and animal sciences, equipping them with invaluable tools to analyse, manipulate and interpret their scientific data within the context of genomics and animal breeding.
26 students completed an intensive two-week course covering basic scripting, next generation sequencing, protein structure modelling and analysis, molecular evolution and phylogenetics, network biology and SNP data and use in GWAS. Lecturers included Dr Gavin Conant and Dr Chris Elsik from the University of Missouri, Prof Denis Shields from UCD, Dr Tom Druet from the University of Liege as well as Prof Jan Fostier and Prof Willem Waegemn from the University of Ghent. Students travelled from Belgium, Italy, England and Ireland to take part.
During the course the students participated in a range of activities including lectures, group work, individual projects and the analyses of real data. Formal assessments took place at the end of the course and students found the course challenging but rewarding. The course succeeded in its objective to widen the skills base of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers within animal science sectors to enhance future research capability using newer generation research tools.
The GplusE project contributes to the sustainability of dairy cow production systems through the optimal integration of genomic selection and novel management protocols based on the development and exploitation of genomic data and supporting novel phenotyping approaches. The project is led by Prof Mark Crowe at UCD.