Project Work - #27611

Introduction to Bioinformatics is a project-oriented course involving the making of a project report to be handed in at the end of the course. The project work serves several purposes:
  • It will provide you an opportunity to do some basic research, and perhaps make a new discovery in biology or medicine
  • It will allow you to work with bioinformatics in a realistic context and test that you have learned what you should learn from the lectures and exercizes B
  • It will be the basis of your grade for the course

You can choose from 5 general topics:

A. Dave Ussery Structural atlases of genomes or plasmids
B.Nikolaj Blom Gene finding in human contigs NO PROJECTS IN THIS SUBJECT IN 2006
C. Carsten Friis DNA array data analysis of public datasets
D. Søren Brunak Gene and protein function prediction by neural networks
E. Ole Lund Prediction of peptide binding to MHC

Click here to apply; form groups of 4 (four) students. If you wish to deviate from that number you should talk to your intended supervisor first. If you have an idea for a project yourself, see one of the supervisors and ask if he can supervise you on that project.

Procedure for Project:

Start by meeting with your supervisor to get an outline of the project. Take notes, because you will not get a written outline of the project beyond that.
Then you familiarize yourself with the subject matter by reading basic books and articles on the matter. You need to find those books and articles yourself.
Then you start the research as discussed with your supervisor. Use your computer at home or at a databar. Most projects require only web access.
If your project requires a local Unix account, ask Peter Wad Sackett from CBS about username and password.

Meet regularly with your supervisor to show results, discuss progress and direction, and get answers to your questions. You can either schedule an appointment via email or phone.

Then you write up a report of 10-20 pages.
Report style guide

The report should contain the following elements which are common to any scientific report:

  1. Introduction. What is the question you are seeking to answer? What is known B already about the topic you are working with?

  2. Materials and Methods. Describe your data set and describe how the methods you are employing work. This is a very important section because it shows whether you have understood the bioinformatic methods that you have learned in the course.

  3. Results. Present the results of your research.

  4. Discussion and Conclusion. Interpret your results. How much can you conclude, and what can you not conclude? Can you suggest additional research that would resolve any remaining questions?

  5. Put the name of the authors and the supervisor as well as the title of the project on the front page. Sign the report and deliver it (in one copy) to Rasmus Wernersson in his office before the deadline.


    1. How many copies of the report should we submit?

      One copy.

    2. Will we get one grade for the report?


    3. Where and when should we submit the report?

      To Rasmus Wernersson by the deadline.

    4. When can we expect the grades?

      Three weeks after the end of the exam period for the semester. They will be posted at CBS.

    5. Why can't you tell me what the answer to my project is supposed to be?

      Because it is a research project and the answer is unknown until you do the research. You could make a discovery!

    6. What language should the report be in?

      Danish or English. If your supervisor is English-speaking only you should write in English.

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