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Thu 2 Feb 2017
14:00 - 17:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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EMBL-EBI: An Introduction to Sequence Searching

Thu 2 Feb 2017


This workshop introduces the area of sequence similarity searching and focuses on how to use tools like BLAST and PSI-Search to find homologous sequences in EMBL-EBI databases. This session will include tips on which tool and database to use, input formats, how to change parameters and how to interpret the results pages.

Further information can be found here.

Also note: This event is part of a series of short introductions focusing on EMBL-EBI resources. If you want to learn more about these separate training events, see the Related Courses section below.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register your interest by linking here.

Target audience
  • This workshop is aimed at researchers who need to undertake sequence searching as part of their work
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
  • Please be aware that these courses are only free for University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged a registration fee in some form. Registration fees and further details regarding the charging policy are available here
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

No previous bioinformatics experience is required, but an undergraduate level understanding of biology would be an advantage


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 2 Feb 2017   14:00 - 17:30 14:00 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room map Tom Hancocks
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Database search, Sequence similarity search


After this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the basics of sequence similarity searching and sequence homology
  • Find related biological sequence data across EMBL-EBI resources
  • Use different sequence similarity tools and apply appropriate tools for different applications.

During this course you will learn about:

  • Web-based pairwise sequence alignment tools
  • Web-based sequence similarity search tools such as BLAST, FASTA, PSI-BLAST, PSI-SEARCH

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals


Time Topics Speaker(s)
14:00 Welcome Tom Hancocks
Introduction to sequence searching at the EBI
15:30 Break
Introduction to sequence searching at the EBI cont'd Tom Hancocks
17:30 Wrap-up and feedback
Registration Fees
  • Free for University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • It remains the participant's responsibility to acquire prior approval from the relevant group leader, line manager or budget holder to attend the course. It is requested that people booking only do so with the agreement of the relevant party as costs will be charged back to your Lab Head or Group Supervisor.
  • £ 50/day for all other academic participants from external Institutions and charitable organizations. These charges must be paid at registration
  • £ 100/day for all Industry participants. These charges must be paid at registration
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here

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