Altuna Akalin
Max Delbrück Center,
Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology
Chris Mason
Weill Cornell Medical College,
New York, USA
Uwe Ohler
Max Delbrück Center,
Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology
Nikolaus Rajewsky
Max Delbrück Center,
Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology
Davide Risso
University of California,
Berkeley, USA
Mark Robinson
University of Zurich,
Zurich, Switzerland
Roland Schwarz
University Of Cambridge,
Cambridge, UK
Nicholas D. Socci
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,
New York, USA

12-23 September 2016
Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology, Max Delbrück Center
Berlin, Germany
Application deadline
01 July 2016

Modules and tentative schedule

General Info

The course will cover fundamental topics in computational genomics and its applications in precision medicine. There will be theoretical lectures followed by practical sessions where students directly apply what they have learned. The programming will be mainly done in R and unix. The course will be beneficial for first year computational biology PhD students, and experimental biologists and medical scientists who want to begin data analysis or are seeking a better understanding of computational genomics and precision medicine. Here is a link to an article for a similar course we organized in 2015.

Duration and Structure

The lectures and practicals will be held Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 6pm. Lectures are followed by hands-on exercises to apply what candidates have just learnt. There will also be additional scientific lectures showcasing application of computational genomics in current research projects. A computer room with preset workstations will be provided. There will be one afternoon (mid-week) reserved for a social group activity


Application deadline: 01 July 2016

Candidates must apply by filling in the online form . The form will have a section for submitting an abstract on current research interests and projects. Please be prepared to provide an abstract describing your current research projects and interest (max 1000 words). Based on these abstracts, some of the candidates will be selected to give a short presentation.

There will also be questions on programming experience. These questions will help us organize a better course that is adjusted to applicant competencies. So, it is important you fill in those questions truthfully.


A course fee of 250 EUR will be charged to cover printed materials, lunch and snacks during the course. Payment details will be e-mailed to the candidates accepted to the course.


We offer a travel allowance for covering the travel and the accommodation (for double rooms in downtown Berlin) for successful candidates.


Questions and suggestions should be sent to the following e-mails

compgen2016@mdc-berlin.de or altuna.akalin@mdc-berlin.de

We look forward to hearing from you!