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AMC Graduate School - Bioinformatics

2019 edition, schedule and materials still have to be updated for the 2020 edition

This course is part of the PhD course program of the AMC Graduate School.

  • Location: Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam.
  • Course material: All course material is provided during the course, no need to print anything yourself.
  • ECTS: 1.1


Course objective

The aim of this course is to get acquainted with the basic principles and algorithms of commonly used bioinformatics methods. You will gain sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be able to apply bioinformatics adequately in your own work. Topics treated include use of biological databases, statistical concepts for omics data analysis, analysis of DNA microarray and metabolomic data, use of biological networks in your analysis, and genetical genomics. The course consists of a combination of lectures and computer labs that provide you with hands-on experience with the data and techniques used for data analysis. This course provides a good introduction for our more specialized courses Bioinformatics Sequence Analysis (March 2019) and Systems Medicine (Fall 2019).


Schedule and handouts

Schedule (updated: January 18, 2019)

Monday, February 11

Time Location Type Subject Teacher Material
09.30-10.30 L0-223-1 Lecture Introduction to Bioinformatics Perry Moerland Lecture (pptx)
10.30-12.30 L0-223-1 Lecture Possibilities and limitations of public biological databases Aldo Jongejan Lecture (pptx)
12.30-13.30   Break    
13.30-16.30 L01-245 Computer lab Tutorial 'genome browsers' Aldo Jongejan See below

Tuesday, February 12

Time Location Type Subject Teacher Material
09.30-11.30 K01-222-1 Lecture Statistical concepts for omics data analysis Perry Moerland Lecture (pptx)
11.30-12.30   Break      
12.30-14.00 K01-222-1 Lecture DNA microarray analysis Perry Moerland Lecture (pptx)
14.00-17.00 L0-211 Computer lab DNA microarray analysis Perry Moerland See below

Wednesday, February 13

Time Location Type Subject Teacher Material
10.30-12.30 K01-222-1 Lecture Pathways and networks Perry Moerland Lecture (pptx)
12.30-13.30   Break      
13.30-16.30 L0-211 Computer lab Pathways and networks Perry Moerland See below

Thursday, February 14

Time Location Type Subject Teacher Material
10.30-12.30 HvA, B2-10 Lecture Metabolomics Antoine van Kampen Lecture (pptx)
12.30-13.30   Break      
13.30-16.30 L0-227 Computer lab Metabolomics Antoine van Kampen Computer lab

Friday, February 15

Time Location Type Subject Teacher Material
10.00-12.00 K01-222 Lecture Genetical genomics Perry Moerland Lecture (pptx)
12.00-13.00   Break      
13.00-14.00 K01-222 Lecture Capita selecta Perry Moerland Lecture (pdf)

Computer exercises

In many of the computer exercises you will use the statistical software environment R. Although most of the exercises focus on the interpretation of the results and require nothing more than copying-pasting R code, you might want to have a short look at these before or during the course week:

  • A short introduction to R.
  • swirl: this package makes it fun and easy to learn R programming. Under Step 5, choose the module ‘R Programming’ to learn some of the basics of R.

For those really interested in R, twice a year we also teach the two-day Graduate School course Computing in R where we explain much of the basics of R.

Monday, February 11: The Ensembl and UCSC genome browsers

Web sites

Tuesday, February 12: Computer lab: DNA microarray analysis

Download the Rmd and HTML/PDF files and open the Rmd file containing the exercises in RStudio:

Wednesday, February 13: Computer lab: Pathways and networks

  • Exercises: Rmd, HTML, PDF
  • Exercises & Answers: Rmd, HTML, PDF, R
  • The files referred to in the exercises can be downloaded here


  • Bioconductor workflows: a list of example workflows for the analysis of different types of omics data using Bioconductor packages.
  • F1000Research Bioconductor channel: This channel highlights Bioconductor package-based vignettes, cross-package workflows that guide users through common and important tasks in multi-omic data analysis and integrative bioinformatics, and other articles relating to the Bioconductor project.
  • Biomedical Data Science course of Rafael Irizarry et al.
Topic revision: r65 - 21 Jan 2020, PerryMoerland Search
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