Karolinska Institutet ‒ RIKEN Joint International Doctoral Course 2019 "Bioinformatics analysis of gene regulation in omics data and its applications to medical problems"

March 20th (Wed) - 27th (Wed), 2019

 [Japanese page]
 [DATE and TIME]
 March 20th ‒ 27th, 2019 cca 9:00 ‒ 18:00
 (with preparation time from March 13th to Mar 20th)

 RIKEN Yokohama, W118-122
 Mar 13th - 20th : distance learning and preparation by participants
          in their free time or in their own lab.
 Mar 20th - 27th : lectures at RIKEN Yokohama

Presence at lecture site at RIKEN Yokohama is required from Mar 20th to March 27th only.
No classes on weekend and national holidays (March 21st)

A joint international doctoral course on the subject "Bioinformatics analysis of gene regulation in omics data
and its applications to medical problems" between the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS), Yokohama, Japan and Karolinska Institutet Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (Sweden) will be held from March 13th to March 27th, 2019 at RIKEN Yokohama Institute, Yokohama, Japan.
Its main purpose is to give doctoral students the possibility to learn about molecular biology from cuttingedge
researchers from leading international research institutes. Doctoral students in medical, biological, or
biology-related areas currently studying in graduate schools either in Sweden or Japan can participate.
Students from Japanese universities can apply for participation now. The course will be held in an
international environment with English as course language.
Applicants are screened and accepted based on suitability and motivation. Participants who successfully pass
the course examination will receive a certificate of completion. No tuition is required.
Deadline for application for students from Japanese Universities is February 24th (Sun), 2019.
The application has been closed. For details and inquiries, please contact ki_riken_course.gsc■■→@)

No tuition. In principle, the participants pay for their travel, daily expenses and accommodation.


  • Principles of gene regulation in non-disease cases and dysregulation in diseases at individual locus level as well as on genome-wide level.
  • Principles of sequencing based genomics technologies and corresponding bioinformatics data analysis.
  • Concrete bioinformatics data analysis by the students of selected published projects.

After the completed course, the participants will be able to understand the principles and perform basic
bioinformatics analysis of genomics sequencing data. The participants will be able to plan experimental designs and to critically evaluate the appropriateness of the different sequencing based omics methods and technologies for genome-wide gene regulation studies.


(updated on Mar 18th, 2019)

The course consists of lectures, discussion and seminars.
The discussions and seminars are compulsory.
Absence from compulsory parts is compensated according to the instructions from the course leader.

The students will be examined for knowledge and skills, individually based on the active participation in discussions and group-wise with seminar presentations.

The students are examined with both group-wise and individual presentations in English. The students will work in small groups of 2-3 students. Each group will receive a scientific question related to the course topic on the first day of the course. Students are welcome to propose such a question for their own group. The content has to be related to the course topic. The scientific question will be answered and discussed by the students on the last day of the course during the course evaluation. Each group will be asked to make an oral presentation of the results and each student will present part of the results. The course lecturers will evaluate the performance of each of the students individually.Based on each students performance during the examination, it will be determined if the student pass the examination or not.

Students who successfully pass the examination will receive official certificates of completion from Karolinska Institutet.
Special requirements for certificates from the students' university can be considered. Please contact the course administration before the course if any such requirements exist.


  • Dr. Carsten O. Daub (Karolinska Institutet)
  • Dr. Piero Carninci (RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences)

Eligible applicants
Doctoral students (medical sciences, biology or related fields) currently enrolled in universities in Japan. Doctoral students enrolled at Universities outside Japan but working in Japanese research institutes can apply and are asked to clarify the details of their multiple affiliations in the application (what is the main location of their work? What is the nature of the association with the Japanese institute? etc.).
The screening process for students from Swedish universities is already completed.

Number of participants and screening procedures
The maximum number of participants from Japanese universities will be up to 20. Participants will be selected after screening of the application materials by course directors and researchers involved in the course organization and teaching. The most important evaluation criterion is the statement of the motivation of attendance. Please explain why you are interested in participating, how the course relates to your current research and how your work will benefit from the course.

Apply for the course using this web form. Application deadline is 2019-02-24 (Sun).
The application has been closed.
For details and inquiries, please contact ki_riken_course.gsc■■→@)

Application document
Filled in the Web application form
- Research topic summary (200 words, use the web form)
- Statement of motivation (use the web form)
- Letter of support from your supervisor
(format is free, attach to the web application form)

Please understand that we expect the accepted applicants to attend to the course. Therefore we will ask the applicants to provide a letter of support signed by their supervisor.
For further questions regarding application procedures,
please contact to ki_riken_course.gsc■ (■ -> @)or fax to +81-(0)45-503-9216.
Notification emails to all the applicants will be sent on March 4th, 2019 (Mon).

Best Western Hotel Yokohama (TripAdvisor)
JR-East Hotel Mets Yokohama Tsurumi (TripAdvisor)
Toyoko Inn Yokohama Tsurumi-eki Higashi-guchi

RIKEN will not organize accommodation. Participants should book the hotel by themselves.

Bioinformatics 2019 Course Secretariat
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences,
RIKEN Yokohama Institute
1-7-22, Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, 230-0045 JAPAN
Tel: +81-(0)45-503-9222   Fax: +81-(0)45-503-9216
General inquiries: ki_riken_course.gsc■■ -> @)
(Please indicate in the Email subject line that your query is about Bioinformatics 2019)