Biology databases

Main contents

  • Databases and information systems: relational model, SQL, other paradigms.
  • Public repositories: NCBI, EMBL-EBI, UniProt, KEGG.
  • Annotations and ontologies: Gene Ontology, OLS, OBO.
  • Automated access: data files, formats, web services, programmatic access

Type: Mandatory
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Diego Alonso (


The student will acquire the basic knowledge about the internal structure of relational databases, as well as some concept from other databases (non-relational, graph oriented). She will also know the different public databases of reference on molecular biology. She will also acquire the skills to make advanced queries on them, and handle the different obtained results. Moreover, she will be able to perform automated access to those systems based on web services, and implement such access on programs.