MDA Courses




The Computational Genomics Department at the Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe (CIPF) in Valencia (Spain) and the Functional Genomics Node of the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (INB) organize a series of theoretical and practical courses on massive data analysis, specifically oriented to Next Generation Sequencing data.




Couse room at the CIPF, Valencia, Spain

Lecture room at the CIPF, Valencia, Spain


The course

The courses are oriented to experimentalists, end-users and PhD students who want to learn about the state-of-the-art of basis and concepts of data analysis methodologies in this fast developing area of genomics. Students will acquire the necessary skills for analyzing their own genomic data, either for genome resequencing or for the functional analysis of transcriptomes using some of the most advanced software packages. 

Lectures and hands-on sessions are taught in the facilities of the CIPF, which provide the ideal environment for the organization of bioinformatic courses.

Official language of the course is English.


Social activities

Social activities are organized during the course to favor networking and exchange of experiences among the students, as well as to promote a fruitful dialog between teachers and students. In the March edition of the course, it is organized the week before Fallas, one of the most popular folk festivals in Spain, so a festive atmosphere can be enjoyed in the city.

 Dinner at a typical Valencian restaurant

About the organizers


The course is organized and taught by the developers of the GEPAS, the most cited web-based package for microarray data analysis (see citations) and the Babelomics, also among the most popular tools for functional profiling of high threoughput experiments (see citations), with an average of 1000 experiments analyzed per day in both tools. More recently, the course organizers have developed tools for Next Generation Sequencing analysis, such as the VARIANT, for the annotation of variants found in NGS experiments or the GenomeMaps, a highly efficient genome browser.
Our research group, based in the
Computational Genomics department at the CIPF in Valencia, is actively working on problems related to Next Generation Sequencing data analysis. We organize courses on regular basis; on-line tutorial and courses are also available.

The organizers are:

  • Joaquín Dopazo
  • Francisco García
  • David Montaner
  • Ignacio Medina
 But other members of the department as well as invited teachers also contrubute to the courses.





Other locations at which this course is organized at least on yearly basis are:


Graduate School of Biological, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK
The National e-Science Centre, Edinburgh, UK
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciéncia (IGC), Oeiras, Portugal

Other places host the course occasionally.

You can also request the organization of a MDA course at your site (depending on our availability). Contact us to request an in house course lgarridoatcipf [dot] es (here) (specify MDA in house course request in the email subject).

Upcoming courses


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Previous courses


MDA 2008

MDA 2009

MDA 2010

MDA 2011

MDA 2012 - BiER July and December editions

MDA 2013

GDA 2014 - Cambridge June and September editions

GDA 2015 - BiER edition and Cambridge edition

GDA 2016


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