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Current courses offered for PhD students

Bioinformatic Tools for Biology and Biophysics

Intense block course taught by Prof. Robert Burnap, Oklahoma State University

(Organization by Prof. Holger Dau, Freie Univ. Berlin)

The course is designed to enable students to utilize bioinformatics approaches and software to better understand biomolecular structure, function, and evolution. It is primarily aimed at students interested in biology and biophysics wishing to receive practical training in the following topics: molecular genetic foundations of protein structure and evolution, sequence alignment scoring systems, and current software tools to discover and interpret molecular function and variation. The course will involve hands-on use of readily available software including PyMol (structure visualization), Python (file manipulation), JalView and MEGA for sequence and phylogenetic analyses, and publicly available computational resources of sequence analysis and structure prediction using homology modeling.


May 25 - June 2 (2021), about 6 hours per day. The daily schedule will be fixed later, for minimal interference with further appointments of the participants.

The course consists of lecturing and hands-on exercises at your personal computer, both closely interfaced and taught in a small group of 6-10 students. Robert Burnap is the Einstein Fellow of the SFB 1078 and will be in Berlin when the course is taught. Due to the Corona restriction, it will be an online course.

For registration, send an email to