Professional Certificate in Bioinformatics

The GplusE project is delighted to announce a 2- week course on Bioinformatics for postgraduate students. At the end of the course, the participants will receive a professional certificate in Bioinformatics.
Date: May 23rd – June 3rd, 2016
Location: University College Dublin, School of Veterinary Medicine and Conway Institute for Biomolecular and Biomedical Research (This link provides information on how to get to the UCD Belfield campus The course will take place in Building 74 on this map:
Entry requirement: Undergraduate degree in Agriculture, Life Sciences or Veterinary Medicine
Registration link: (Click the apply button on the bottom of the page)
Download the draft timetable of the course


  • Free for all GplusE project members
  • 1 500 Euros for non-project participants


  • Dr. Gavin Conant, University of Missouri
  • Dr. Chris Elsik, University of Missouri
  • Prof. Denis Shields, University College Dublin
  • Prof. Michel Georges, University of Liege-FVM or others from the same university
  • Prof. Jan Fostier, UGent
  • Prof. Willem Waegemn, UGent

The outline of the course includes:

  • Basic scripting
  • Introduction to next-generation sequencing
  • Protein structure modelling and analysis
  • Molecular evolution and phylogenetics
  • Network biology
  • SNP data and use in GWAS

Programme of topics:

  • Genome structure, sequencing/assembly, annotation
  • Next-generation sequencing
  • Intro to evolutionary selection
  • Population genomics
  • Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)
  • Scripting for evolutionary simulation
  • Population genetics/drift/selection
  • Refining evolution Sims
  • Tree-thinking/Darwin’s big idea
  • Phylogenetics
  • Network biology—Theory & Cytoscape
  • Metabolic modelling/FBA
  • Protein structure prediction

(If there is a lot of interest, may continue in subsequent years and in other universities, but for now focus on 2016).

You can download information on the accomodation options.

Please email if you have any questions.