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EMBL-EBI: Bioinformatics resources for protein biology


Are you aware of the wide range of protein data resources that can easily be accessed and explored to enhance your research? Do you want to know more about the sequence of your protein and its functions? Wondered whether a structure of your protein exists and how to explore it? Want to know more about the potential complexes and reaction pathways your protein of interest is involved in, giving you a better overview of its biological context?

This three day workshop will introduce you to data resources and tools developed by EMBL-EBI that can help you in your protein studies. Each day will focus on a particular protein topic, with the aim of helping you get more from your data and also to explore publically-available data that can further support your research.

The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access available to this level.

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 clicking here.

Target audience
  • This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about protein biology.
  • 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 registered 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 prior experience of bioinformatics is required, but an undergraduate level understanding of biology would be of benefit.

Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Proteins, Database search, Data retrieval, Protein sequence analysis, Pathway or network analysis, Pathway or network visualisation


After this course you should be able to:

  • Access and explore a range of appropriate protein resources
  • Use these resource to retrieve relevant protein information
  • Apply the information you have discovered in your research

During this course you will learn about:

  • Where to find protein sequence, classification and comparison information
  • How to choose a “good” protein structure and what can you learn from it
  • What interactions, complexes and pathways is a protein involved in

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals


Day 1 Topics
09:30 - 11:00 Uniprot
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:45 Uniprot
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch (not provided)
13:30 - 15:15 HMMER
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00 InterPro
Day 2
09:30 - 11:00 PDBe: Introduction and search
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:30 PDBe: Entry pages and validation
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch (not provided)
13:15 - 14:30 PDBe Tools
14:30 - 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 - 17:30 Electron Microscopy DataBank (EMDB)
Day 3
09:30 - 11:00 Molecular interactions
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:45 Molecular interactions
12:45 – 13:30 Lunch (not provided)
13:30 – 15:00 Reactome
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 - 16:30 Reactome
Registration fees
  • Free for registered University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, temporary visitors (students and researchers) 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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