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High Throughput Sequencing technologies and bioinformatics analysis

This is the wiki for the courses INF-BIO9121 and INF-BIO5121 offered by the Department of Informatics and the Department of Biosciences at the University of Oslo (UiO). The course codes were previously INF-BIO9120 and INF-BIO5120.

The course consists of two weeks of lectures and practicals, and a final take-home exam (one week), plus reading material.

Both INF-BIO5121 (M.Sc. level) and INF-BIO9121 (Ph.D. level) are 10 study point courses (5 study points before 2014).

Course editions

Course description

This two week, intensive course will provide knowledge of high throughput sequencing technologies and hands-on experience with the analysis of data from various sequencing platforms and applications. Control of quantity and quality of data, analysis of RNA-seq data, de novo genome assembly, variant calling and statistical genomics.

All students should have a basic understanding of molecular biology, at least roughly corresponding to 5-10 university study points in molecular biology, biochemistry, or similar. If you are uncertain if your biology background is strong enough, please contact Lex or Karin (see contact details below) at least three weeks before the start of the course.

No prior background in bioinformatics or computer science is required, however, we expect students to have a basic understanding of the unix shell. Students without this knowledge are suggested to take an introductory unix course, which we may offer in advance, check the course's website.

Contact information

Lex Nederbragt (Course coordinator) - e-mail: lex.nederbragt - at -

Karin Lagesen (Course co-coordinator) - e-mail: karin.lagesen - at -

Bioinformatics mailing list for the Oslo region

The mailing list for computational biology and bioinformatics in the Oslo region is The list has approximately 330 members. The list is used to distribute news about seminars, positions, courses, meetings and other topics that might be of interest to students and researchers with an interest in computational life science in south-eastern Norway. If you want to receive e-mails that are sent to the list, sign up here

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