Applied Pharmaceutical Bioinformatics

The course is a continuation of the course “Pharmaceutical Bioinformatics” with the purpose to learn how to practically apply the predictive modeling methods introduced there.

This continuation-course provides a deepened understanding of statistical modeling methods for applications in the pharmaceutical field, life sciences and pharmacology, focusing on how to practically solve problems using different informatics methods.

The course covers:

  • Introduction to statistical modeling in pharmaceutical bioinformatics, with an in depth review of QSAR and proteochemometrics.
  • Calculation of different kinds of descriptors for datasets of organic molecules, peptides and proteins using Bioclipse and R.
  • Introduction of software for statistical modeling, including R, LIBSVM, Weka and Bioclipse.
  • Hands-on exercises on supervised and unsupervised methods for statistical modeling/analysis, including use of PCA, PLS , SVM, SOM, random forest and k -NN with Weka and Bioclipse Modeling.
  • Hands-on exercises in building of QSAR and proteochemometrics models with R: obtaining of dataset and pre-processing, model building, predictions and interpretations.
  • Hands-on exercises of cluster analysis with R.
  • Hands-on exercises on statistical molecular design for optimization of lead compounds.

Eligibility*: At least 150 ECTS credits in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy, medicine or dentistry. It is also required that you have passed the main course on Pharmaceutical Bioinformatic, 7.5 ECTS credits .

Teaching: On the internet via a web-based teaching platform.

Language: English.

Examination: Written examination at the end of the course and approved compulsory modules.

Credits: 5 ECTS credits is given on passing the course.

Course literature: Provided online with the course and freely available computer programs that can be downloaded from the web and installed on your own computer.

Next course start: The course is given twice a year; each spring and each autumn. Each course is running over eight weeks. For the date of the next upcoming course please send a mail to

Signing up: To sign up click here . (Important: When you sign up, please state in the message field that you sign up for the course Applied Pharmaceutical Bioinformatics).

*Eligibility criteria applies only for individual student courses. For commissioned courses you don’t need to show credits. For further information on commissioned courses click here.