Algorithmen der Bioinformatik

BIOINF4998 Research Project Bioinformatics

This page describes the research projects available in the Algorithms in Bioinformatics group.

For other research projects, please visit: Applied Bioinformatics and Integrative Transcriptomics.

Course BIOINF4998 Research Project Bioinformatics, WS 2018/19
Supervisor Prof. Daniel Huson  and all members of the lab
Dates ~25 days, November 2018 - March 2019
Applications Please apply by October 31st
You will be notified by Nov 15th

Email to: Prof. Daniel Huson, see below for details
Language English
Links Campus

The course "BIOINF4998 Research Project Bioinformatics" provides the student with the opportunity of doing research work in our group for the duration of six months, working on average one day a week.  You will work closely with members of the lab, participate in weekly lab meetings and a desk in C207 will be provided. It is a good opportunity for those considering a PhD or scientific career.

Participation is by application only. If you are interested in participating in this course, then please send an email to Prof. Daniel Huson stating 

- which of the three topics below you are interested in,

- briefly explain why you are interested in the topic,

- which of the prerequisite courses you have taken (with grades), and

- the desired "format" of your participation, that is, the start and end date, and days per week

The number of participants is limited to three and there are three topics on offer in this semester:


Unit testing for times series analysis software

We have developed a new metagenomic times series analyzer. The new program, MeTiCaL, is based on  JavaFX. The aim of this project is to develop unit tests for all calculations performed by the software and to improve aspects of the GUI. This project is no longer available.

Prerequisite courses: 

- BIOINF4399 Advanced Java for Bioinformatics and 

- either BIOINF4110 Sequence Bioinformatics or BIOINF2110 - Grundlagen der Bioinformatik

Tutorials development

Our lab has produced a number of software tools that are routinely used by life scientists. Two of these tools, MEGAN and SplitsTree, in particular, provide a large number of options and can be applied to numerous different use cases. The project goal is to develop a suite of tutorials that address the most common use cases of the two tools. This work will involve performing a survey of papers that use the tools so as to establish the most common use cases and also to produce example data from such publications. These tutorials will be integrated into our two community pages and

Prerequisite courses: 

- BIOINF4110 Sequence Bioinformatics or BIOINF2110 - Grundlagen der Bioinformatik

- Helpful: a course on microbiome analysis and/or phylogenetic analysis

 LPs and grading

You will receive 9 LP for completing this course. Your grade will be based on the quality of the research work that you performed and on general aspects of your performance as a lab member (motivation,  communication skills and reliability).