Bioinformatics Algorithms

Short Name
Algorithmen der Bioinform
Module Code
Module Coordinator
  • Andreas Peter Dominik
  • Andreas Peter Dominik
  • Thomas Karl Letschert
Short Description
The module introduces the most important bioinformatics algorithms. Abilities and limitations of algorithms is clarified by application to real-life problems.
Learning Objectives

Students know important algorithms of Bioinformatics software. They are rendered capable to apply appropriate algorithms to biological questions and to implement them.

They are furthermore able to critically discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different implementations.

  • Basic bioinformatics algorithms, such as dynamic programming, searching, pattern recognition, optimization, etc.
  • Novel algorithms from current research.
  • Application to practical questions.
  • Application of public domain tools and implementation of own software tools.
Duration in Semester
Instruction Language
Total Effort
6 CrP; an estimated 180 hours, of which approximately 60 are spent in class.
Weekly School Hours
Method of Instruction

Lecture 2 SWS, Practical Course 2 SWS

Requirements for the awarding of Credit Points

Examination prerequisite: Acceptance of exercises

Examination: Written exam

Evaluation Standard

according to examination regulations (§ 9)

  • N.C. Jones, P.A. Pevzner: An Introduction to Bioinformatics Algorithms The MIT Press
  • R. Merkl und S. Waack: Bioinformatik interaktiv: Algorithmen und Praxis Wiley- VCH