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4-5 April 2019


RSBI (@RoBioinfo) and Faculty of Biology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași

Aim The workshop is aimed at master and PhD students as well as young researchers working with protein sequences and structures. Several core bioinformatics techniques of sequence similarity searching as well as the UniProt database will be discussed. The workshop will also provide hands-on experience of exploring and analyzing the 3D macromolecular structure data available in the Protein Data Bank (PDB).

Registration is NOW OPEN. Please fill in this registration form.

We kindly ask you to submit your registration request before March 3rd, 2019. Info on methods and deadlines for payments as well as available accommodation will be communicated with the acceptance letter in due time.

Due to the limited capacity, we will favour attendees that would benefit the most from this workshop and could give back to the scientific community. We advise you to please pay special attention to the questions regarding the impact/benefit of you attending the workshop – these will be the ones used to select participants!

If you have any further inquires about registration, please contact the local organiser at: marius [dot] mihasan [at] uaic [dot] ro

Requirements Basic (undergrad level) understanding of Molecular Biology and Protein structure is a must. No prior experience of bioinformatics is required.

Day 1.

Time Subject Trainer/Speaker
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome note and coffee Organisers
9:30 – 11:00 (hands on) Introduction to programming. Useful commands in Unix shell and Python Claudiu Mihăilă
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Introduction to sequence searching and alignments. DNA/RNA vs proteins sequences. Protein sequence and Function Hema Bye-A-Jee, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 An introduction to analysing protein function and structure in UniProt. Hema Bye-A-Jee, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Using UniProt tools to understand protein function. Hema Bye-A-Jee, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge
17:00 – 17:30 Talk Anna Marabotti, University of Salerno, Italy
19:00 Festive dinner

Day 2.

Time Subject Trainer/Speaker
9:00 – 10:00 (hands on) Introduction to programming. Programmatic access to public databases and data retrieval Claudiu Mihăilă
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:30 Introduction to macromolecular structure at the PDBe. Retrieve and assess the quality of structural data from the PDB. Visualise and analyse structures Matt Conroy, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge
12:030 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Analysing macromolecular structures at the PDBe. Assess protein-ligand interactions and analyse binding sites Matt Conroy, EMBL-EBI, Cambridge
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 16:30 Talk: Modeling biomolecular structures in the twilight zone and beyond Andrei-J Petrescu, Institute of Biochemistry in Bucharest
16:30 – 17:00 Panel Discussion: AI’s contribution to construct predictions of protein structures. All speakers and trainers
17:00 – 17:15 Farewell
18:30 Beer and science event

Organising committee
Monica Abrudan (Cambridge, UK)
Claudiu Mihăilă (London, UK)
Marius Mihășan (Iași, Romania)
Bogdan Mirăuță (Cambridge, UK)


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