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EMBO Practical Course

Computational analysis of protein-protein interactions in cell function and disease

01 – 06 December 2019 | Bangalore, India

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 September 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 September 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 October 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 November 2019

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About the Practical Course

Understanding how proteins interact with each other is essential for contemporary biomedical research. Continual growth in protein-protein interaction (PPI), protein complex and network data have created new opportunities to exploit these resources bioinformatically and link them to cell function as well as disease and therapeutics. Many tools exist to analyse and disseminate these data but most bench scientists are not trained to use them.

This course aims to equip researchers with the computational skills crucial for carrying out in-depth analyses of PPI by exploring, managing, and interconnecting their datasets. Trainees will learn about the current developments in the field through plenary talks and lectures. Practical sessions will focus on bioinformatics tools such as STRING, Cytoscape, Chimera, ELM and IUPRED, guided by experts who are the developers of these tools. Many of the publicly available tools are highly interconnected and we will show participants how to take advantage of this integration.

Ideal participants for this course are bench scientists who are working to obtain data related to PPIs, or already have such data they want to analyse. One of the focuses of this Practical Course will be teaching the importance of PPIs in biological systems, and how bioinformatics tools can be harnessed for understanding the physiological states and when these states are perturbed by disease. Keeping these aspects into consideration, publicly available experimental datasets of disease relevance (e.g. viral interactomes) are integrated into the training materials.

This workshop has been offered with different focuses since 2014, through which we have pioneered training in bioinformatics tools associated with the diversity and importance of PPIs involving various protein modules. From this course, participants will gain skills to analyse, manage, interconnect small and large PPI data, and design effective bio-computational experiments. The overall impact of the course is enhanced by giving the trainees opportunities to analyse public data in the presence of expert trainers, helping them acquire skills to investigate globular and intrinsically disordered polypeptide regions (IDRs) and gain biological insights in their own datasets.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 September 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 September 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 October 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 November 2019


  • ACADEMIC INR 6000 or EUR 80

Registration includes:

  • On-campus accommodation for 6 nights
  • Course materials
  • Meals, coffee breaks
  • Social events


Payment instructions will be sent to successful applicants once the selection procedure is complete.

Selection criteria

We expect that students will be actively conducting research in a field involving some or all aspects of the material taught in the course. Thus, our selection criteria will focus on estimating the degree to which the students can use what is taught in the course, to be applied to their current research projects.

We will also look at the previous exposure students have had to bioinformatics and computational approaches to biology. We understand that it is unlikely that students will have advanced bioinformatics experience, therefore, we will select participants based on their research abstract, motivation statement, and CV, assessing the relevance of the training material presented at the course. We will prefer students with a recommendation letter from their current supervisor, stating the relevance of the course in their work.

We will provide a limited number of grants to cover travel expenses, registration fees and/or accommodation costs of eligible participants. Please tick the appropriate fields under the ‘registration’ section.

We will seek equity during the selection process by considering participants from diverse backgrounds and genders.

Abstract guidelines

We expect an abstract no more than 250 words explaining the current research work of the participants.

In the same document, please enclose a short CV, a motivation statement (maximum 250 words) with information on your current research and the relevance of computational biology in your work. In addition, please submit a short recommendation letter from your current supervisor to justify your participation in this course. These documents will be evaluated both for the participation in the course and eligibility for the financial support of the candidates.

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Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



Dr. Shachi Gosavi

Dr. Malvika Sharan




National Centre for Biological Sciences, (NCBS)

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bellary Road





  • Accommodation will be available on site in the NCBS campus.
  • Students will be sharing rooms. Double occupancy rooms will be provided with twin bed and shared utilities.
  • Participants with special needs (e.g. mobility issues, disability, etc.) will be provided with appropriate assistance.
  • Limited childcare facilities is available upon advance request.


  • Bangalore can be reached easily by train and flight.
  • The Bangalore international airport is well connected by direct flights from several international airports in Europe and America.
  • Additionally, connecting flight options are available via other Indian and Middle Eastern airports.
  • The airport is about 25 km from the NCBS campus.
  • Local transport and taxis are available from the airport under €10, which can be arranged upon request.
  • The railway station is about 12 km from the NCBS campus and is also connected by local transportation.
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