MOL204 - Applied bioinformatics

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Course description

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The course gives an introduction to the use of bioinformatical tools, including analysis of protein and DNA sequences, database searches, pairwise and multiple sequence alignments, prediction of secondary structure, visualisation and analysis of protein structure, and phylogenetic trees. The theoretical basis for selected key methods are discussed. Read the aim and learning outcomes for the course.

The explosive growth in generation of bioinformatical data and the need to use bioinformatical tools in all aspects of molecular biological research has been the primary reason for making this course. The course was founded by professor Rein Aasland in 1999 and further developed in collaboration with Ingvar Eidhammer, Inge Jonassen, and Pål Puntervoll. Rein Aasland is course leader H2014 and Pål Puntervoll and Nathalie Reuter will give the bulk part of the lectures. Additional lectures are given by other professors and scientists at University of Bergen (see lecture plan). On these pages you will find information about the course, materials for the lectures, exercises, etc. Note however, that we also use the UiB student portal extensively for this course.

More bioinformatics at UiB

The Department of Molecular Biology also provides an Applied Bioinformatics II course: MOL217. This course focuses on one particular topic, and investigates that topic and relevant methods in more depth than MOL204.

While this course is intended for molecular biologists as a users course, the Department of informatics provides an educational programme (Norwegian page) for those who wish to learn how to develop bioinformatical tools including INF380.

Lectures and exercises


Tuesdays 10:15-12:00 in the MBI course room (439C1) in the HIB Biobuilding's 3rd floor (4. etg.).

Lectures are given in English.

Note that the lecture plan may be subject to revisions throughout the course.

PC lab sessions

The PC lab sessions will be held in FLAB 1130, ground floor (1. etg.) – Datablokken, HiB.

Four sessions have been planned: 4-5 September, 25-26 September, 23-24 October, and 13-14 November.

Note that the exercises is subject to changes up until the time of the session.

You will be divided into three groups:

Group 1 Thursdays 9:00-12:00
Group 2 Thursdays 13:00-16:00
Group 3 Fridays 9:00-12:00


See the curriculum page for details.


To register for the course, students must follow the normal procedures at the University of Bergen - see the student portal for more information. Note that the course has limited capacity.


The grades for MOL204 will be based on the final written exam (4 hours) which will be held 8 December 2015.

Previous exams are available.