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Master’s/Internship projects available at Bioinformatics Platform BIMSB/MDC

#Master’s/Internship projects available at Bioinformatics Platform BIMSB/MDC Akalin lab ( has multiple project themes available for Master’s or internship projects. ##1) Methods for DNA modification analysis DNA methylation and other DNA modifications such as hydroxymethylation are implicated in gene regulation and their mis- regulation is shown to cause cancer. With the advent of then next- generation sequencing, measuring genome-wide DNA methylation levels became possible. However, this also created a demand for high-quality software for analysis of large-scale DNA methylation data sets. In this project, the aim is to help develop data processing, machine learning and statistical modeling tools for DNA methylation analysis to be integrated to our existing software methylKit (

Multiple sub-projects available

##2) Methods for genomics data integration and visualization Data integration and processing is a vital tool in genomics for knowledge discovery. The number of public datasets are increasing by the day thanks to multiple large consortiums producing genomics data sets, such as ENCODE, Roadmap Epigenomics and EU Blueprint. We are building data integration and visualization methods. One example is our genomation package ( .html). The aim of the projects in this theme is to further develop genomation or other unpublished packages adding new methods and increasing data processing and visualization capabilities.

Multiple sub-projects available

##3) Pure data analysis projects Our lab has broad interest in gene regulation and epigenomics. We have more data analysis oriented projects that require less method development but more data processing, integration and applied statistics.

Multiple sub-projects available

##4) Developing bioinformatics tools and workflows for Galaxy We are also aiming to integrate and develop BIMSB bioinformatics tools to Galaxy framework. These projects will include integrating tools with galaxy and making complete workflows where the user can interact through a web-browser.

Multiple sub-projects available

##What do you need to know?

  • Knowledge of R. Experience with another programming language such as perl, python or C/C+ will be useful but not necessary. For some sub-projects, C/C++ will be absolutely necessary on top of R. In addition, previous coursework on statistics and programming will be helpful.
  • For galaxy related work, knowledge of web technologies and scripting languages such as Perl/Python.

##What will you get out of this?

  • You will get a chance to work with genomics data sets
  • You will learn how to build and maintain an R package (depending on the project)
  • You will gain experience in applied statistical modeling (depending on the project)
  • You will gain experience in building tools for galaxy (depending on the project)
  • If your work is accepted as part of the software and/or ends up in a publication, you will be credited as contributor.
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