Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner

Trends in Bioinformatics

General Information


The aims of this seminar are two-fold. On the one hand, we want you to become an expert on a particular topic from the broad area of bioinformatcs. On the other hand, we want you to learn how to write a research paper, i.e. we will teach you relevant topics for your writing, such as the general structure of research papers, best practices, and good writing styles.

Your general task will be to get familiar with your topic, prepare a presentation about it, and write a research paper. For the paper, we will provide you with the necessary knowledge and supervise you during collection of necessary material and writing. We want you to gain hands-on experience on the subject, which includes conducting small experiments with state-of-the-art bioinformatic tools, as well as examining and discussing their results, e.g. regarding runtime performance or data quality.


The final grading will be determined by the following individual parts, while each part must be passed at least:

  • Seminar presentation (40%)
  • Research article (40%)
  • Individual commitment (20%)

Seminar Schedule

1Oct 13, 2015---
2Oct 20, 2015Kick-Off Session (Slides)
8Dec 1, 2015, 9.15-11.15AMExcursion I: Labs of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology in Golm (Microarrays)
10Dec 15, 2015, 9.30AMExcursion II: Labs of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin (DNA Sequencing Machines)
16Jan 26, 2016, 9.15-10.45 AMExpert Session I: Clinical Decision Support Systems (Abstract, Slides)
16Jan 27, 2016, 3.15-4.45 PMExpert Session II: Processing of Raw Genome Data (Abstract, Slides)
17Feb 2, 2016, 9.15-10.45 AMExpert Session III: Ab Initio Protein Structure Prediction (Abstract, Slides)
17Feb 3, 2016, 3.15-4.45 PMIntroduction to Scientific Writing (Slides)
...Paper Writing
25Mar 31, 2016Paper Submission

Introductory Reading Materials