The use of dynamical mathematical models to understand the function of biological systems is at the core of systems biology. Such models have facilitated the move from mere identification of molecular ‘parts lists’ for living organisms towards a more integrated view, based on the integration of ‘omics’-based data with our knowledge on the underlying biochemical mechanisms. This in turn allows us to generate and test new hypotheses about how biological systems work.

Run jointly with EMBL-EBI, this course will provide participants with an introduction to network analysis and in-depth training in the main modelling approaches used in systems biology. The course will combine lectures, hands-on computational practical sessions and group activities, and there will be opportunity for discussion of current trends in the field.

Target audience
This course is aimed at PhD students and researchers who already have some experience of using systems-based modelling approaches to understand biological and biomedical problems. This is an advanced course and participants are expected to have:

  • A familiarity with the use of bioinformatics tools and data resources
  • A working knowledge of using Linux commands and experience of using a programming language (e.g. Python)
  • An undergraduate level knowledge of molecular and cellular biology

Feedback from the 2017 course
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