In December 2019, a new type of virus of the family Coronaviridae called SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak. In this e-learning course, you will learn to find, use or interpret information about a new virus. Knowledge of the basic molecular biology of viruses is presumed.



In this e-learning course, you will reproduce a typical analysis pipeline using Python, an open-source and general-purpose scripting language which runs on all major operating systems. Basic knowledge of Python programming is required.

In this 1-hour e-learning course, you will learn what type of information on human proteins is found in neXtProt, where it comes from and how it is organized in topic-specific entry views. Basic knowledge of biology and proteins is required.

In this 2-hour e-learning course, you will learn about the main operations of compute clusters, how to correctly submit jobs, and the most common commands and parameters in job scheduling software. Basic knowledge of UNIX is required.

This 3-hour e-learning course presents the UNIX environment and the most basic commands. Examples are taken from various fields of biology and have been carefully chosen to be accessible to a wide audience. No knowledge of UNIX is required.

This tutorial introduces the Resource Description Framework (RDF), its query language SPARQL and explains how to use the data from 9 independent SIB resources (GlyConnect, UniProt, Rhea, OrthoDB, OMA, Bgee, HAMAP, MetaNetX and NeXtProt) to answer interesting biological questions.



Within the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) and related national initiatives researchers use patient data (i.e., confidential human data) in their research projects. Dealing with confidential human data requires awareness of data privacy, respective laws and information security. This course explains what should be done in practice to protect the patients’ privacy when performing biomedical research on human data.

For researchers and users of the SPHN/BioMedIT infrastructure this course is highly recommended. The respective exam is mandatory to use the BioMedIT infrastructure.


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