Master on Computational
Biotechnology
Edition 2007-2008



Presentation

The master on "Computational Biotechnology" is an official master degree granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. It is a science-oriented master focused on the analysis of biological data in a biotechnology environment. The master takes 90 ECTS imparted in 1.5 years (60 ECTS in the first year + 30 ECTS in the second year). The last 15 ECTS correspond to a master thesis that must be done under the supervision of a group leader in a Research Center or company. Classes are given in the afternoon from Monday to Friday so that attending to classes is compatible with a part-time job. Professors have been carefully selected from scientific groups of relevant Spanish research institutes and universities. Students will be submitted to a equally thorough selection process since a 6.5 out of 10 points are going to be necessary  to pass each subject and students will be able to take a course only twice.

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Goals

The objective of this master is to provide technological as well as biotechnological professionals with the necessary background for solving data analysis problems in biotechnology. The master carefully balances the biotechnological studies with the technical ones. The master is focused on the practical aspects of the problem and all courses have practices either on a wet lab or a computer. 

The master presumes a set of skills already acquired during the graduate program (either coming from the biological side or the technical side). These skills are specialized to the particular case of data analysis in biotechnology. This specialization allows the student successfully finishing the master to develop new ideas and methodologies in an industry with a high level of research and development. Moreover, the student will acquire the capability of facing new problems and looking for both already existing solutions and solutions completely new. All this, taking into account the ethical aspects derived from this sensible technology. The student must develop during the master the ability to communicate his results and skills to a specialist as well as non-specialist audience.

 
Programme

The master is organized in 6 modules: 1 for student's background adaptation, 2 for biotechnology, 2 for data analysis, and 1 for bioinformatics. The adaptation module is aimed to complement during 7 weeks the student's background in the discipline (biology or computer science) that is not her major. Therefore, a student must follow either the biotechnological adaptation or the computational adaptation. The rest of the modules are taken by all students.

Any person interested may take a single subject of any of the modules and, after passing it, she will receive the corresponding accrediting diploma.

Module 1A. Biotechnological adaptation                         (10 ECTS)
BT0.1.- Adaptation 1                                            (6 ECTS)
BT0.2.- Adaptation 2                                            (4 ECTS)

Module 1B. Computational adaptation                            (10 ECTS)
DA0.1.- Adaptation 1                                            (6 ECTS)
DA0.2.- Adaptation 2                                            (4 ECTS)

Module 2. Data Analysis 1                                      (14 ECTS)
DA1.1.- Statistical inference, Regression and Experiment design (5 ECTS)
DA1.2.- Multivariate data analysis                              (3 ECTS)
DA1.3.- Bayesian networks                                       (3 ECTS)
DA1.4.- Neural networks                                         (3 ECTS)

Module 3. Biotechnology 1                                      (14 ECTS)
BT1.1.- Molecular biology and Recombinant DNA technology        (5 ECTS)
BT1.2.- Sequencing, genotyping and transcriptomics              (3 ECTS)
BT1.3.- Proteomics                                              (3 ECTS)
BT1.4.- Metabolomics                                            (3 ECTS)

Module 4. Data analysis 2                                      (11 ECTS)
DA2.1.- Classification and clustering                           (5 ECTS)
DA2.2.- Dynamic models                                          (3 ECTS)
DA2.3.- Associative rules, logic networks and grammars          (3 ECTS)

Module 5. Biotechnology 2                                      (11 ECTS)
BT2.1.- Structural biology and protein engineering              (3 ECTS)
BT2.2.- Biotechnology                                           (4 ECTS)
BT2.3.- Synthetic and systems biology                           (4 ECTS)

Module 6. Bioinformatics                                       (15 ECTS)
BI.1.- Bioinformatic databases and literature analysis          (3 ECTS)
BI.2.- DNA, protein and structure analysis                      (7 ECTS)
BI.3.- Interaction networks and arrays analysis                 (5 ECTS)

Master thesis                                                  (15 ECTS)

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Teaching staff

Module 1A. Adaptación biotecnológica (10 ECTS)
   BT0.1.- Adaptación 1 (6 ECTS)
      Dr. Nuno Henriques Gil (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Riánsares Arriazu Navarro (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Sonia López Giral (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Eva Ruiz Casares (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
      Dr. María Teresa de Troya Franco (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
   BT0.2.- Adaptación 2 (4 ECTS)
      Dr. Paola Otero Gómez (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Ana María Ramos González (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Encarnación Amusquivar Arias (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)

Module 1B. Adaptación computacional (10 ECTS)
   AD0.1.- Adaptación 1 (6 ECTS)
      Dr. Abraham Otero Quintana (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Roberto Marabini Ruiz (Univ. Autónoma de Madrid)
      Dr. Carlos Óscar Sánchez Sorzano (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
   AD0.2.- Adaptación 2 (4 ECTS)
      Dr. Abraham Otero Quintana (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Celia Gutiérrez Cosío (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)

Module 2. Análisis de datos 1 (14 ECTS)
   AD1.1.- Inferencia estadística, Regresión y Diseño de Experimentos (5 ECTS)
      Dr. Alejandro Sánchez Pla (Univ. De Barcelona)
   AD1.2.- Análisis multivariante (3 ECTS)
      Dr. Carlos Óscar Sánchez Sorzano (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
      Antonio Rausell (Centro Nacional Investigaciones Oncológicas)
   AD1.3.- Redes bayesianas (3 ECTS)
      Dr. Pedro Larrañaga Múgica (Univ. Del País Vasco)
      Dr. María Concepción Bielza Lozoya (Univ. Politécnica de Madrid)
   AD1.4.- Redes neuronales (3 ECTS)
      Dr. Juan Julián Merelo Guevós (Univ. De Granada)
      Dr. Alberto Pascual Montano (Univ. Complutense de Madrid)

Module 3. Biotecnología 1 (14 ECTS)
   BT1.1.- Biología molecular y Tecnología del ADN recombinante (5 ECTS)
      Dr. Carlos Bocos de Prada (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
      Dr. Paola Otero Gómez (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Gonzalo Herradón Gil Gallardo (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Eva Ruiz Casares (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
      Dr. Mª Isabel Panadero Antón (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
   BT1.2.- Secuenciación, Genotipado y Transcriptómica (3 ECTS)
      Dr. Gonzalo Herradón Gil Gallardo (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Carlos Bocos de Prada (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
      Dr. Eva Ruiz Casares (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
      Dr. Ana Dopazo (Centro Nacional Investigaciones Cardiovasculares)
   BT1.3.- Proteómica (3 ECTS)
      Dr. Carmen Pérez García (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Concepción Gil García (Univ. Complutense de Madrid)
      Juan Alberto Medina Auñón (Centro Nacional Biotecnología, CSIC)
   BT1.4.- Metabolómica (3 ECTS)
      Dr. Coral Barbas Arribas (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Juan José Álvarez Millán (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Antonia García Fernández (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)

Module 4. Análisis de datos 2 (11 ECTS)
   AD2.1.- Clasificación y clustering (5 ECTS)
      Dr. Carlos Óscar Sánchez Sorzano (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
      Dr. Pedro Larrañaga Múgica (Univ. Del País Vasco)
      Dr. Alberto Pascual Montano (Univ. Complutense de Madrid)
   AD2.2.- Modelos temporales (3 ECTS)
   Dr. Carlos Óscar Sánchez Sorzano (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
   AD2.3.- Reglas asociativas, redes lógicas y gramáticas (3 ECTS)
   Dr. Oswaldo Trelles Salazar (Univ. De Málaga)

Module 5. Biotecnología 2 (11 ECTS)
   BT2.1.- Biología estructural e Ingeniería de proteínas (3 ECTS)
      Dr. Beatriz de Pascual Teresa (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Sonsoles Martín Santamaría (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
      Dr. Modesto Orozco (Univ. De Barcelona)
      Dr. Javier Velázquez Muriel (Univ. California - San Francisco)
   BT2.2.- Biotecnología (4 ECTS)
      Dr. Carlos Bocos de Prada (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
      Dr. Ricardo Díaz Martín (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Mª Isabel Panadero Antón (Univ. San Pablo - CEU)
      Dr. Pablo Redondo Martín (Univ. San Pablo – CEU)
      Dr. Cruz Santos Tejedor (Univ. Francisco de Vitoria)
      Dr. Maite Iglesias Badiola (Univ. Francisco de Vitoria)
   BT2.3.- Biología sintética y Biología de sistemas (4 ECTS)
      Dr. Jesús Blázquez Gómez (Centro Nacional Biotecnología , CSIC)
      Dr. Víctor de Lorenzo (Centro Nacional Biotecnología, CSIC)
      Dr. Juan Poyatos Adeva (Centro Nacional Investigaciones Oncológicas)

Module 6. Bioinformática (15 ECTS)
   BI.1.- Bases de datos en bioinformática y Análisis de literatura científica (3 ECTS)
      Dr. Mónica Chagoyen Quiles (Univ. Complutense de Madrid)
      Juan Alberto Medina Auñón (Centro Nacional Biotecnología, CSIC)
   BI.2.- Análisis de ADN, proteínas y estructuras (7 ECTS)
      Dr. Florencio Pazos Cabaleiro (Centro Nacional Biotecnología, CSIC)
      Dr. Federico Abascal Sebastián de Erice (Centro Nacional Biotecnología, CSIC)
      Dr. Oswaldo Trelles Salazar (Univ. De Málaga)
   BI.3.- Análisis de redes de interacción y arrays (5 ECTS)
      Dr. Alberto Pascual Montano (Univ. Complutense de Madrid)
      Dr. Pedro Carmona Sáez (Centro Nacional Biotecnología, CSIC)
      Dr. Igor Zwir (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

 
Calendar

Classes will be given from Monday to Friday (from 16'30 to 20'30).

Course Date Exam
Adaptation I 1-Oct to 26-Oct 29-Oct
Adaptation II 29-Oct to 19-Nov 26-Nov
Statistical inference … 20-Nov to 5-Dec 10-Dec
Molecular biology … 10-Dec to 9-Jan 14-Dec
Multivariate data analysis 10-Jan to 18-Jan 21-Jan
Sequencing, Genotyping … 21-Jan to 1-Feb 4-Feb
Bayesian networks 4-Feb to 12-Feb 18-Feb
Proteomics 13-Feb to 21-Feb 25-Feb
Neural networks 25-Feb to 4-Mar 10-Mar
Metabolomics 5-Mar to 13-Mar 25-Mar
Classification and Clustering 25-Mar to 9-Apr 14-Apr
Structural biology … 10-Apr to 18-Apr 21-Apr
Dynamic models 21-Apr to 29-Apr 5-May
Biotechnology 5-May to 20-May 26-May
Associative rules … 21-May to 29-May 2-Jun
Synthetic and Systems Biology 2-Jun to 13-Jun 16-Jun
Bioinformatic databases … 10-Sep to 18-Sep 24-Sep
DNA, protein and structure analysis 19-Sep to 5-Oct 9-Oct
Interaction networks and array analysis 9-Oct to 24-Oct 30-Oct

Click here for a Excel version of the calendar.

 

Place

The master takes place at the Campus of Montepríncipe (Metro stations: Montepríncipe; Buses: 571, 573 and 574) in Boadilla del Monte (km. 36 of the M-40). Click here for a detailed map of the area.
 
Diplomas and Academic recognition
All students will obtain an Official Academic Certificate specifying the grades obtained in each module. The University of origin of each student may acknowledge the ECTS credits attended (1 module=1.5 ECTS). Furthermore, students of the Univ. San Pablo will get 2 points/module for our own degree on "Formación humanística y profesional"
 
Registration

A detailed description of the registration process can be found here.

For economical aids, please, visit this page and this one from the Spanish Ministry of Education and this page from the Instituto de Crédito Oficial.

 
 
Contact (Not during August)
Coordinators of the course:
Carlos Oscar Sánchez Sorzano
Escuela Politécnica Superior
Univ. San Pablo - CEU
Campus Urb. Montepríncipe s/n
28668 Boadilla del Monte, Madrid
Spain
email: coss.eps@ceu.es
Tel.: +34 91 372 4034
Fax: +34 91 372 4049

Carlos Bocos de Prada
Facultad de Farmacia
Univ. San Pablo - CEU
Campus Urb. Montepríncipe s/n
28668 Boadilla del Monte, Madrid
Spain
email: carbocos@ceu.es
Tel.:+34 91 372 4760
Fax.:

University:
Escuela Politécnica Superior
Univ. San Pablo - CEU
Campus Urb. Montepríncipe s/n
28668 Boadilla del Monte, Madrid
Spain
email: epssec@ceu.es
Tel.: +34 91 372 4035 (4036, 4037)
Fax: +34 91 372 4049
 
Collaborating institutions

Asociación Española de Bioempresas (ASEBIO)

Asociación de empresas biotecnológicas de Madrid (BioMadrid)

Red Temática de Investigación Cooperativa en Cáncer

 
 
 
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