Bioinformatics Resources for Immunologists - NEW

4–8 June 2018

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


This course aims to provide an introduction to immunology bioinformatics,
offer opportunities to explore key methods, tools and resources that can
be applied to research. The course will provide participants with an
overview of best-practice methods in applying bioinformatics approaches
and enable them to become confident users of their own and public domain

The resources introduced during the course will cover a variety of data
types, from genomic and proteomic data, to computational models,
biological pathways and reaction information. Participants will gain
experience of the analysis pipelines for NGS experiments relevant to
immunology, and will be led through an exploration of this data to
identify information of interest. Additionally participants will be
introduced to how data from a number of sources can be integrated to
provide a wider view of their research.

This course is aimed at individuals working in immunology research who
have minimal experience in bioinformatics. Applicants are expected to be
at an early stage of using bioinformatics in their research with the need
to develop their skills and knowledge further. Participants will require
a basic knowledge of the Unix command line, and the R statistical
package. We recommend these free tutorials: introduction to the Unix
and basic R concepts.

Please note: participants without
basic knowledge of these resources will have difficulty in completing the
practical sessions.

Learning outcomes
After this course participants should be able to:

  • Locate and search publically available bioinformatics data of interest
  • Utilise software and tools to manipulate and analyse immunological data
  • Apply appropriate bioinformatics methodologies to their own research
  • Combine different types of data (eg genomic and structural) to gain further immunological insights


The course will start at approximately 12.00 on Monday 4 June and close
at approximately 13.30 on Friday 8 June 2018.

The course will explore a number of bioinformatics resources relevant to
immunology including:

  • abYsis – antibody discovery system
  • 3i Consortium and immunology database
  • IntAct database
  • Reactome database
  • BioModels database

This is a residential course. All students are requested to stay onsite
for the full duration to benefit fully from discussions and interactions
with the faculty and other students.

A draft
is available.

Instructors and speakers

Scientific programme committee
Lucie Abeler-Dörner King’s College London,
Tom Hancocks
Andrew Martin
Imperial College London, UK
Mike Stubbington
Wellcome Sanger Institute,

Confirmed speakers
Lucie Abeler-Dörner King’s College London, UK
Anna Cuomo EMBL-EBI, UK
Tomas Pieres de Carvalho Gomes Wellcome Sanger
Institute, UK
Tom Hancocks EMBL-EBI, UK
Adam Laing King’s College London, UK
Anna Lorenc King’s College London, UK
Aaron Lun Cancer Research UK, UK
John Marioni  EMBL-EBI, UK
Andrew Martin
Imperial College London, UK
Birgit Meldal EMBL-EBI, UK
Thawfeek Mohamed Varusai EMBL-EBI, UK
Sandra Orchard EMBL-EBI, UK
Livia Perfetto EMBL-EBI, UK
Velislava Petrova Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Rahuman Sheriff  EMBL-EBI, UK

Event organiser
Lucy Criddle Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply


Registration with Single Accommodation £670

The fees include accommodation, meals and lectures for the duration of
the course. The fee will be requested once acceptance is confirmed.

This is a residential summer school/course. All participants will stay at
The Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the
nights of 4, 5, 6 and 7 June 2018. For twin accommodation, roommates will
be allocated on a gender basis.

If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the summer
school/course dates, please contact the Conference

Application deadline: 6 March 2018

Places on this course are limited to 30 students and will be awarded on
merit. Applicants should be currently engaged in relevant research and
will be required to complete an online application form.
The selection process will take place in March 2018.

The following will need to be provided:

  • Qualifications and justification for attendance
  • A list of relevant publications
  • An outline of current research
  • Supervisor’s details: your supervisor will then receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete your application.

Please note: Applications cannot be considered without a
supervisor’s supporting statement.

Travel visas
Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
travel visa application. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed

Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
visa to enter the UK.
Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
or longer.

Please visit the following websites for further information:
UK Border Agency website:
Information for general visitors and business visitors:



A limited number of registration bursaries are
available for students to
attend this course (up to 50% of the

The following documents will need to be provided:

  • CV
  • Covering letter
  • Letter from supervisor

To apply, please contact the event organiser.

Bursary deadline: 6 March 2018

Additional funding opportunities
our Funding webpage
for additional funding opportunities currently


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