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Seminar Computational Biology & Bioinformatics

Course number 251-0544-00 S Date & Location Thu 15-17 (CAB H 52)
Lecturer J. Stelling, R. Aebersold, N. Beerenwinkel, G. H. Gonnet, M. J. Müller, P. Widmayer, and E. Zitzler Start 19.02.2009
Credits 2 Semester graduate/PhD


Computational biology and bioinformatics aim at advancing the understanding of living systems through computation. The complexity of these systems, however, provides challenges for software and algorithms, and often requires entirely novel approaches in computer science. The aim of the seminar is to give an overview of this rapidly developing field from a computer science perspective. In particular, it will focus on the areas of (i) DNA sequence analysis, sequence comparison and reconstruction of phylogenetic trees, (ii) protein identification from experimental data, (iii) optimization and bio-inspired computing, and (iv) systems analysis of complex biological networks.

Teaching Objectives

The seminar combines the discussion of selected research papers with a major impact in their domain by the students with the presentation of current active research projects / open challenges in computational biology and bioinformatics by the lecturers. Each week, the seminar will focus on a different topic related to ongoing research projects at ETHZ, thus giving the students the opportunity of obtaining knowledge about the basic research approaches and problems as well as of gaining insight into (and getting excited about) the latest developments in the field.

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