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Wed 1 Feb 2017
09:30 - 13:00

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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EMBL-EBI: Introduction to Interpro

Wed 1 Feb 2017


This workshop will give an introduction to the protein sequence analysis & classification database Interpro.

Interpro is a bioinformatics resource that provides functional analysis of protein sequences by classifying them into families and predicting the presence of domains and important sites. To classify proteins in this way, InterPro uses predictive models, known as signatures, provided by several different databases (referred to as member databases) that make up the InterPro Consortium.

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 by linking here.

Target audience
  • 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 Trainers
1 Wed 1 Feb 2017   09:30 - 13:00 09:30 - 13:00 Bioinformatics Training Room map Lorna Richardson,  Alex Mitchell
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Database search, Data retrieval, Protein sequence analysis


After this course you should be able to:

  • Know when it is appropriate to use InterPro for your research
  • Explore the database and find relevant information using a number of query methods
  • Interpret an InterPro entry page to extract the information required
  • Apply InterPro to real-world datasets

During this course you will learn about:

  • Why we need automated tools to annotate protein sequences
  • The difference between pairwise similarity and homology based approaches
  • How the InterPro database is used to assign annotation and GO terms to protein sequences

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

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

If you have your own data set you are welcome to bring it along and use it during the practical part of the workshop.


One half day session


Two times a year

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Databases and Services

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