Bioinformatics develops algorithms and programs to simulate biochemical processes and analyze molecular data. It combines knowledge of biochemical and molecular biological processes in organisms in applied computer science and data management as well as analysis. As part of the system biology, bioinformatics supports both research as well as industrial development and production. Your education will provide you with excellent prospects at the interface between basic research and development.
Elisabeth BeckElisabeth Holzmann, Bakk.techn.Johanna BauerMag.a Susanne PolanskyMuthgasse 621190 ViennaT: +43 1 606 68 77-3600F: +43 1 606 68 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours during semesterMon. to Thu. 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
By appointmentMon. to Thu. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The program starts every two years. Application period for the academic year 2018/19ongoing
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution**
* Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727 per semester
**for additional study expenses (currently up to €83 depending on degree program and year)
You have a background in natural sciences, are enthusiastic about IT and already possess basic knowledge. You see your future in combining both and using your IT skills to process and analyze the flood of data in life sciences and present it optimally and understandably. You are an analytical and process-oriented thinker. You enjoy solution-oriented work at the interface between different disciplines. You want to achieve professional success working on projects in a team and are open to management responsibilities. You can also imagine providing independent services. Average English skills are expected. Language of instruction is German
Your education and research benefit from our close partnerships with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the Vienna Institute of Biotechnology (VIBT), who share the campus with us, as well as our strong network in the industry. In addition to experts from the industry, researchers from the BOKU also teach in our degree program and contribute their application-oriented know-how. Selected courses are offered in English, the technical language of life sciences. We are currently building an IT infrastructure that should be available as an internet service for public researchers as well as our students. Numerous R&D projects in the degree program offer you the opportunity to work with cutting-edge applications and to make valuable contacts for your future career. Practical relevance is also guaranteed at our Campus Lecture evenings, which are open to all and feature contributions from prominent experts.
The degree program focuses on molecular biology and is tailored specifically to the needs of pharmaceutical production. Bioinformatics is already an indispensable research tool for biotechnological methods in order to cope with the flood of data in life sciences. The deciphering of the human genome in genomic research is only one possible application. The main goal is to develop new medications based on the analysis of human genes.Huge databases of active ingredients must be searched for suitable candidates. Bioinformatics methods also make it possible to optimize and individualize therapies through the comparison of entire genomes. These tasks are even many times more complex than the makeup of the DNA sequence and can only be solved with the help of bioinformatics. The need for bioinformaticians in the biotech industry is growing rapidly. With our production-oriented education, you will be highly sought after.
As an interdisciplinary science, bioinformatics provides solutions for biological issues by applying informatics methods. The program combines applied informatics, data management and data evaluation with molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics.
Lector: Mag. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Lorenz Froihofer, Priv.-Doz. Mag. DI. DI. Dr.techn. Karl Michael Göschka
•Principles of architecture and database systems•Transaction concept and SQL-core•Entity Relationship (ER) Model•Relational Model•Relational database design•Database implementation with SQL-DDL•Practical design assignment in small groups
Continuous assessments throughout the content presentation (grading of presentations)Written examDistance learning: Practical assignment
LectureStudent presentations followed by discussionsPractical assignments in small groupsOpen distance learning
Lector: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Werner Timischl
1 MatricesFirst and Second Kind of Spatial Representation; calculations with vectors and matrices; systems of linear equations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors.2 Selected methods of multivariate statisticshierarchical classification; principal component analysis.3 Linear OptimizationMaximum problem; simplex algorithm; dual problems.4 Markov-modelsMarkov-chains; Hidden-Markov-models.
Lecture combined with exercies.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Barbara Kavšek
Basic concepts of Data MiningIntroduction into VisualizationPros and Cons in representations
The examination consists of attendance, active participation as well as the grading of the exercise work.
Lecture plus exercise
Lector: DI Norbert Auer
Extending the knowledge in the programming language Python in the context of real biological problems.* Software tools: Git* Container Classes (Listen, Dictionaries)* Object-orientated programming (Classes, Inheritance, ...)* Regular expressions* File handling* Generators* Parallel programming* Special modules: Biopython, Pandas, Numpy, Scipy
Written exam at the end of the course and evaluation of the exercises/project work.
Lector: Ing. DI (FH) Nadine Elpida Tatto
The operating system Linux is essential in bioinformatics. This lecture and exercise provides an introduction to Linux in general and the usage of the operating system in particular
written exam and complete and punctual delivery of exercises. Both count 50/50 for the grade
Lecture and exercises during lecture time and at home
Lector: Mag. Dr. Michael Wolfinger
Introduction to algorithms, graph theory, basic bioinformatics algorithms for predicting sequence similarity, alignments and RNA folding
Written test, evaluation of practical tasks
Slides and practical tasks
Lector: Univ. Prof. Dr. Christopher Gerner
Proteomics: opportunities and aimsMethods, focussing on mass spectrometryStatistical methods for quality control, motivation for and building of public repositoriesDatabases/ontologiesBioinformatic applications making use of large data sets
Lecture, working with computer
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf, Ing. DI (FH) Nadine Elpida Tatto
The course deals with the analysis of biological sequence data. Starting from a genome sequence of an unannotated organism, we will try to determine the gene content and their function. During this process the students will work with a variety of available bioinformatics software but will also work on their own scripts to analyze the provided data.
The grade is composed of several parts:30% - exercises in the lecture70% - final exam
Power point slides, discussions and practical exercises.
Hands-on to the topics of the lecture
Exam at the end and punctual delivery of assigned homework.
Examples are getting worked through in class and alone at home.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Alexandra Posekany
introduction to statistics and probability using R; exploratory data analysis, statistical estimation, graphics, Bayes' theorem, important distributions, hypothesis testing, ANOVA and linear regression
exercises, written exam, in calls participation
lecture, presentation, work with PC, group work, exercises
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf, Dr.rer.nat. Markus Jaritz
1) Acquire knowledge on selected bioinformatics chapters (Next Generation Sequencing, ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq) ans2) Application of relevant bioinformatics tools for the analysis of associated data3) using script languages under Linux, such as Bash, awk and perl.
40 % Workshop: Hand in a short program which solved a given task60% Lecture: Written exam
- Introductions and explanations (lecture)- Exercises using the computer
Application of the framework and concepts presented in the course "Grundlagen Algorithmen": Implementation of simple algorithms in Perl.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Gerald Holzmann, Bakk. techn.
- Introduction to programming using C++- Implementation of Examples- Object-Oriented Progamming- From the basic idea to the implementation
recurring tests, practices and final exam.
- lecture- practice- examples
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf
The seminar is meant to give students an overview over the various fields of bioinformatics. Experts from different fields will be invited to talk about their experiences and projects.
Written exam at the end of the course.
SeminarTalks and Discussions
Lector: Dr. Dominik Ertl, Priv.-Doz. Mag. DI. DI. Dr.techn. Karl Michael Göschka
- Database query with SQL- Persistency problems, database programming, cursor concept- Elaborating the requirements and needs for computer scientists that use database systems and focuse on Bio-informatics - Programming with Perl: Perl-DBI, CGI- Practical Programming tasks in small groups
Continuous assessments throughout the course (grading of presentations)Distance learning: Practical assignment
Student presentations followed by discussionsPractical assignments in small groups
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Theresa Scharl-Hirsch
This lecture gives an introduction to statistical data analysis using the statistical computing language R with an emphasis on machine learning methods applied to biological work. The topics include regression, cluster analysis and classification as well as the application of statistical models and tests using R including graphical data visualization. The machine learning methods presented include pricipal component analysis, partial least squares, random forests, support vector machines and neural networks.
Practice sessions and a project at the end of the course (50% each)
Lecture + Exercise
Lector: DI Dr. Albert Kriegner, DI(FH) Dr. Stephan Pabinger
-introduction in medical genome analysis-quality evaluation of the data-identification of variations-annotation of variations-interpretation of data-methods for "genetic testing"
- presence and active participation- presentations done by the students
- lecture with exercise- presentations done by the students and discussion
Lector: DI Christian Heiderer
This course looks at the basics of programming in C++.After repeating the basic language constructs of C we will shortly focus on working with arrays, pointers and references. Switching to C++, we will learn through hands-on programming effective application of following important fields: - Usage of the C++ Standard Library: Strings and container classes/templates - Data modelling with C++ classes - Implementation of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) using QTAdditional non-C++ related targets are: - Understanding of the Software Development Process - Efficient work in small software projects - Writing easy-to-read and easy-to-maintain code
Small self-written program at end of course
Presentations and discussions, hands-on practice on the PC, discussions.
General topics of statistics:statistical modeling, selection of modelsgeneralized models (logistic regression)bayesian estimate and modeling
continuous assessments throughout the course and final examination
Applied practice with "R"
Lector: Dr. Sven Brüschweiler, Dr. Tanja Gesell
This lecture gives an introduction to basic principles of protein and RNA structure using top-down and bottom-up approaches for structure predictions. Topics include: - Introduction of experimental structure determination methods of biopolymers - Alignment methods and programs for structure prediction methods- In silicon prediction of RNA structure using dynamic programming - Genome wides screens of RNA structure - In silicon prediction of protein secondary and tertiary structure - Visualisations of RNA and Protein structures
Practical sessions and a project at the end of the course (50% each).
theoretical and practical exercises
Lector: Dr. Jürgen Zanghellini
At a practical approach (wet lab) the effect of perturbing a cell at a systems biology context is analyzed and transferred to a metabolic model. Thereby prospects and limitations of systembiology are demonstratively acquired.
Continous assessments throughout the course
practical approach (wet lab)
Form and features of the written thesis. Presentation techniques.
Talk - discussion
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Werner Seiler
Introduction to process automation.Basic concepts of measurement with significance in biotechnological processes.Fundamentals of process automation, process control, in particular, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and field bus systems.Introduction to the fundamentals of control theory.
HomeworkWritten test at the end of the lecture or oral examination (TBD)
Lecture, design and calculation exercises with Excel and simulation programs.Home exercise.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf, FH-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Maurer
As an example from biotechnology, students will work in the brew lab to create a beer, following a recipe. Students will be introduced into the topic of brewing and will have the chance to see an automated solution and investigate the data produced by the equipment. Additionally to the work in the lab, students are required to design a label for their beer and create a website with the recipes they worked on.The students will work in groups of 3-4 persons.
Students will be graded on their performance in the lab and the design of the label and web page.
Presentation, praktical lab exercise
Lector: Mag. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin Pfeffer, Mag. Karin Pfeffer
"hands-on" priciples in business administrationDevelopment of a business plan
preparation & presentation of a business plan
Computer models of biochemical networks are able to connect the genotype with the phenotype. In this primer we will give an introduction to biochemical network analysis. We will introduce basic concepts of network reconstruction and constraint based analysis of biological networks. In particular we will cover the process of building (genome scale) metabolic models and study the steady state behavior of these networks with flux balance analysis (FBA) and related methods. Finally we will show that these methods are successfully used in metabolic engineering, where FBA is a standard approach for the rationally designing microbial cell factories.(*) Basic mathematical concepts in systems biology(*) Reconstruction of biochemical networks(*) Stoichiometric networks and their analysis(*) Applications in biotechnology
Home work and final exam
Lecture and in class exercises
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Maciej Kandula
Review of some most popular workflow systems: e.g., Snakemake, Galaxy, Bpipe, etc.Workflow system features: e.g., support for distributed computing, scheduling mode, GUI/CLI-support, commandline portability of code into workflow stages, audit trail, etc.Discussion of relevant related topics: repeatability, reproducibility, documentation, shareabilitySpecific examples: with Conda and Snakemake
Multiple-choice intermediate testHands-on final exam
Lecture / Demonstrations / Practicals / Home tutorials
Lector: Mag. DDr. Alexander Hönel, MSc MBA LLM
To gain the essential know how on the topic clinical trial and clinical studies. Insight into the legal basis for these kinds of experiments and their positioning in the life cycle of the product. Which phases of clinical trials do exist? What are the risks? Quality control and quality assurance as well as actual changes in the legal environment.
Presentation of the student and their evaluation as assessment
Introduction into the topic as lecture, followed by selected topics to be presented by the student on the last day of the lecture.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Gottfried Himmler
The EntrepreneurHow do new things develop?Recipies for success?What is an enterprise?Systems theory perspectiveWhat is management?Entrepreneur versus Manager:TasksCharacterThe ideaThe Business ModelThe Business PlanThe ideal Leader.Basics of Management.Tasks of Managers.Management Tools.
Lecture & Workshop
Lector: Smriti Shridhar, PhD
Understanding genetic diseases, biomarkersGenome wide association studies (GWAS)Interpreting DNA variantsHuman Genome ProjectClinical Data and Ethics
Attendance, active participation in assignment discussion, scientific papers related to the topic will be presented by students (in groups) at the end of the course
Lecture / Practical exercises / Case-studies / Presentations
Introduction to the production and analysis of metagenome/microbiome data.
Presentation of a practical task.
Vortrag, Diskussion und praktisches Beispiel.
Lector: Dr. Sven Brüschweiler, Dr. Leonhard Geist, Dr. Tanja Gesell
based on the class from last semester RNA and Protein Structure Prediction, this lecture addresses Molecular Design; topics include:- from small molecule descriptions to Protein - Ligand and RNA - Ligand complexes as well as Protein RNA interactions - high-throughput screening (HTS)- ncRNA in human diseases - pharmacophore models- disease networks
Practical sessions and a project at the end of the course (50% each)
Lector: Silvia Schmidt, MSc BSc
Internet surveyInternet-of-Things / Biothings surveyIT-Security basicsGenome browser basics
Written exam & practical exercises
lecture, exercises, inverted classroom
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Anatol Dietl, Mag. iur. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Michael Stadler
Protective rights; Reading patent documents; scope of protection; novelty, state of the art; inventive step; further requirements of patentability; patent application procedure; international patent laws and treatys; patent search; patent licensing; biotechnological inventions and patents
written tests at the beginning of the lecture units; homework problem
Methodology for the implementation of the diploma thesis:clarification of the procedure through individual presentations of the thesis
Assessment of the presentation
The content of this course is the writing of a diploma thesis.
The „written diploma thesis“ constitutes the result of the quality of the works conducted. For this reason, the assessment is based on the quality of the research as well as on the written presentation.
The diploma thesis has to be written in consultation with the FH supervisor and beforehand has to be approved by the head of the academic section.
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Alexandra Graf, Anna Tomaselli, BSc
In the course each student presents his/her Master thesis. Progression of the thesis and potential setbacks and problems will be discussed in the group.
Semester datesWinter semester: 16th August 2017 to 27th January 2018Summer semester: 5th February 2018 to 14th July 2018Number of teaching weeks20 per semester
Times6:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. (ca. three times Mon to Fri), Sat ca. every two weeks (all day)
Language of instruction German
As an expert in bioinformatics, you will manage and analyze data with high-throughput analysis methods and model structures and functions of biomolecules. You will find a career in the following occupational fields:
With at least > 13 ECTS credits in computer science, such as Introduction to Bioinformatics, Basics databases and operating systems, programming. > 13 ECTS credits in technical subjects such as process engineering, principals of bioprocess technology, measurement and control technology. More information is available upon request.
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.
There are 18 places available in the master's degree program in Bioinformatics every two years. The ratio of places to applicants is currently around 1:1.5
To apply you will require the following documents:
Certificates from abroad as well as a description of the courses and exemplary documents must be submitted as certified translations. Letters of recommendation from teachers from the institute abroad will help the head of the academic section to assess whether the admission requirements have been fulfilled.
It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.
The selection process consists of a written test and an interview with the selection committee.
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Forschung und Entwicklung
We work closely with numerous industrial companies, universities such as the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the associated Vienna Institute of Biotechnology (VIBT) and other research institutes. This guarantees you strong contacts for your professional career or participation in research and development activities. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It’s well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!