UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science


Two-day workshop

A free two-day workshop to boost your understanding of bioinformatics resources and their use - you will learn how to use functional analysis tools and improve the profile of your research papers.

Bioinformatics and Gene Ontology Workshop
Introduction to Bioinformatic resources and Gene Ontology

Attending this course will boost your understanding of bioinformatics resources and their uses. In addition, by annotating your own published research, you will have the opportunity to improve the profile of your papers in the world's leading biological databases, such as NCBIGene, UniProt and GeneCards.

Aims of the workshop

  • To provide information about GO and other bioinformatic resources to research scientists throughout UCL.
  • To encourage participation in the process of GO annotation.
  • To provide practical demonstrations of a number of freely available high-throughput analysis tools that can be used for the analysis of large datasets, such as those derived from proteomic or microarray methodologies.


  • Our eleventh Introduction to Bioinformatic Resources and GO workshop will be held on Monday 14 June and Tuesday 15 June 2021. Please register using the Eventbrite

Who can attend?

  • The workshop is open to all biological or biomedical UCL PhD and Post-Doc research scientists, as well as team leaders and PIs.

A personalised approach to annotation and data analysis

  • Attendees are encouraged to bring published papers (of their own data, or papers in their area of interest) for annotation. 
  • Annotations created during this workshop will be added to the GO database, and will be incorporated, through existing pipelines, into all of the major biological knowledgebases, such as NCBIGene, Ensembl, UniProt and GeneCards. In addition these annotations will be available for use by the majority of high-throughput analysis tools.
  • Attendees may also bring in their own datasets for high-throughput analysis.

Background GO information

  • The aim of Gene Ontology (GO) annotation is to ensure that the investment in genome sequencing, along with the accumulated knowledge of a range of biological systems can be exploited to the full, to benefit researchers seeking to understand the complex interactions between multiple gene products. 
  • The UCL Gene Annotation group primarily focuses on the annotation of human proteins associated with specific aspects of human biology (principally cardiac and neurological). Through our close relationship with research scientists we provide informative and specific protein annotations that support research projects worldwide.

Feedback from previous workshops

"The workshop was a positive and enjoyable experience'.  

"I have used ENSEMBL for years, but I didn't know about that!" (aligning features on Ensembl)

"I learned new things about programs that I use, and also about new programs."

"Yes, very useful, and also let you know what the limitations of the databases are and how we can use them"

In addition attendees have stated that they would recommend this course to their colleagues.