The Ensembl project www.ensembl.org provides a comprehensive and integrated source of annotation of, mainly vertebrate, genome sequences. This 1-day workshop offers participants the possibility of gaining hands-on experience in the use of the Ensembl genome browser but also provides them with the necessary background information. Our sister project at www.ensemblgenomes.org can also be covered if participants are working with bacteria, plants, fungi, protists or (invertebrate) metazoa.
The workshop is primarily targeted at wetlab researchers, and we customise the course to include beginners through to frequent users. The following modules will be covered in the morning session:
Introduction to Ensembl: origin, goals and organization of the Ensembl project
Genes and Transcripts: guided tour of the most important pages of the Ensembl website
Data retrieval with BioMart: retrieving complex / large datasets using the data retrieval tool BioMart
In the afternoon, two or three of the following modules will be covered, depending on the interest of the participants. To decide which modules will be covered, a pre-workshop survey will be sent out to the participants well in advance of the workshop.
Comparative genomics: gene trees, orthologues and paralogues, whole genome alignments and syntenic regions