MSc Thesis Seminar on Bioinformatics

Advanced studies
In the seminar, students writing a MSc thesis in Bioinformatics will present their progress in two presentations: a topic presentation in the beginning of the thesis, and another presentation on the close to final thesis. The seminar is compulsory for students in the MBI programme, but it is open for other students whose thesis topic is in bioinformatics.
Year Semester Date Period Language In charge
2013 autumn 02.09-02.12. 1-2 English


Time Room Lecturer Date
Mon 16-18 C220 Siru Varvio 09.09.2013-09.09.2013
Mon 16-18 C220 Siru Varvio 04.11.2013-04.11.2013
Mon 16-18 C220 Siru Varvio 02.12.2013-02.12.2013

Information for international students

The seminar is part of the Master's degree in bioinformatics programme (MBI).

If you are not an MBI student, but your thesis topic is/will be in bioinformatics, please contact Sirkka-Liisa Varvio for participation in the seminar.

The seminar is given in English.


To book a time for presentation please email the seminar instructor.

If none of the seminar dates suit you or suitable dates are fully booked, please also email the seminar instructor to add a new slot in the calendar.

Completing the course

How to pass the seminar?

Give two talks on your thesis:

  • Topic presentation: Around 15 minutes in length, describing the problem domain, thesis topic, methods that will be implemented/used, experiments that are planned, time schedule for the thesis project.
  • Thesis presentation: Around 30 minutes in length, presenting the thesis as a whole. The presentation can take place when the experimental part and main part of the writing has completed (does not need to be 'final version').

Attend to at least 12 presentations (including your own) during your MBI studies.

Schedule Autumn 2013

The seminar will convene generally once a month. If needed, additional seminar dates may be added.

Each session can accommodate upto 3 thesis presentations (30 min each), or upto 6 topic presentations (15 min each), or a mix of the two types with total duration of 90 minutes.

  • 9.9.13
  • Jian Hou, final presentation: Evaluation of the Comparative Reconstruction Method (CoReCo)
  • 7.10.13
  • No presentations reserved: No session
  • 4.11.13
  • Juhana Kammonen, final presentation: Improving throughput of forward population genetic simulation environment simuPOP.
  • Roman Sirokov, Towards faster biological analysis.
  • 2.12.13
  • Chunxiang Li: Topic + final presentation: iPRANK:iterative alignment with PRANK.