Professur für
Institute für Informatik
Universität Freiburg

Lecture: Introduction to data driven life sciences


Rolf Backofen, Anika Erxleben, Bérénice Batut, Torsten Houwaart, Björn Grüning


Topic and Objectives

In biological and medical research big data analysis is urgently needed for understanding the information that is encoded in the molecules of life. Many diseases, such as cancer, are caused by aberrations in those molecules. In this lecture you will learn the theoretical biological and bioinformatics background and techniques for generation and analysis of high-throughput data in life sciences. In the exercises, you will have to solve tasks related to the lectures with and without the help of the data analysis platform Galaxy (

This module has 6 ECTS credit points (180 hours of workload) for students of the technical faculty. The written or oral exam will take place after the lecture series.


No. But the lectures and exercises Bioinformatics I & II from Prof Backofen would be very beneficial and give a good basic knowledge about background algorithms etc.


Date Topic Exercise
12.12.2017 RNA Seq II 13.12.2017
19.12.2017 no lecture no exercise
09.01.2018 ChIP-Seq 10.01.2018
16.01.2018 Metagenomics I 17.01.2018
23.01.2018 Metagenomics II 24.01.2018
30.01.2018 Epigenetics 31.01.2018
06.02.2018 Summary, Discussion, Questions 07.02.2018

Additional Information and Material

Lecture slides