Course Algorithms for Biological Networks (3rd edition)


June 30st – July 4th, 2014


Delft, the Netherlands

Course coordinators

Course Coordinators: Dr. Jeroen de Ridder (TUD), Prof. dr. Dick de Ridder (WUR), Celia van Gelder (NBIC)

Course description

In the third edition of this course, we will first give a brief overview of molecular biology, the advent of high-throughput measurement techniques and large databases containing biological knowledge, and the importance of networks to model all this. We will highlight a number of peculiar features of biological networks. Next, a number of basic network models (linear, Boolean, Bayesian) will be discussed, as well as methods of inferring networks from observed measurement data and of integrating various data sources and databases to refine networks. Once networks are derived they often serve as the cornerstone in the visualization, analysis and interpretation of high-throughput data; we will discuss a number of methods in this area.

As an alternative to static networks, a number of alternative dynamic network models more suited for high-level simulation of cellular behaviour for will be introduced. Finally, we will give some examples of algorithms exploiting the networks found to learn about biology, specifically for inspecting protein interaction networks and for finding active sub networks.

Target audience

PhD students with a background in bioinformatics, computer science or a related field; a working knowledge of basic statistics and linear algebra is assumed.

Course programme

The course website, including full course programme, can be found here.


Registration is closed. Please check the education programme page to see when the next edition of this course is planned.