Bioinformatics analysis of biological sequences

There are thousands of totally sequenced genomes freely available in the Internet. The number keeps on growing as at least one genome sequence is released every day. Large-scale sequencing requires bioinformatics analysis, whose algorithms will be the aim of this course, and that underlie the generation of reliable databases. Algorithms are also the basis of reliable sequence databases generation. An intelligent analysis of these databases allows the extraction of information and scientific knowledge.

Development of microbial cell factories - from the genome to production

The field of Metabolic Engineering (ME) has gained a major importance, since it allows the design of improved microorganisms for industrial applications, starting with wild-type strains that usually have low production capabilities in terms of the target compounds. The ultimate aim of ME is to identify genetic manipulations in silico leading to improved microbial strains, that can be implemented using novel molecular biology techniques.