Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner

Trends in Bioinformatics

General Information

Aim of the Seminar

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 bioinformatics. 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. We want you to gain hands-on experience on the subject, which includes conducting small experiments with state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools, as well as examining and discussing their results, e.g. regarding runtime performance or data quality.

Topics - Overview

A.   Inferring Genetic Variants from RNAseq Data
B.   Explorative Analysis of RNAseq Data
C.   Automatic Summaries for Cancer Research
D.   Document Retrieval to Support Clinical Decision
E.   Information Extraction for Data Curation
F.   Prediction of Dialysis Length


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

Have a look at the slides of our KickOff meeting to find all relevant information even if you were not able to attend the meeting. 

Postponed (!) KickOff: Wed 19 Oct, 2016 at 1:30-2:00 p.m. in room 1.15 Campus II/Villa

Our schedule will consist of a KickOff-Session in October, expert sessions on your topics in late January and an introduction to scientific writing in February after which you will have time till end of the semester for writing your research article. Throughout the semester you will meet your supervisor approx. every week to discuss your progress and any questions that arise. 

We are planning to visit the "Gläsernes Labor" where we will have a hands-on session, possibly creating a genetic fingerprint in the lab.

A second excursion either to the Max-Planck-Institute or the Fraunhofer Institute is also on our list. 

Attendance at the excursions is not mandatory, but we highly recommend you to come as they usually give a great insight into real life lab scenarios!