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Research projects in bioinformatics

In these courses, you learn how to plan and carry out a project from start to end. These courses are available for students within the Master’s programme in bioinformatics at the Department of Biolog.

If you are accepted to the Master's programme in bioinformatics, you may choose to do a 7.5, 15 or 30 credits research project. You can carry out the project throughout the year but are only able to present the project three times a year; in the beginning of June, in the beginning of September and in the middle of January.


Before the start

  1. Check with the study advisor Lotta Persmark, to ensure that you fulfil the requirements to start a research project.
  2. Contact a supervisor within the area of your interest and discuss the general outline of the project. Before proceeding, you should show your CV and LADOK excerpt to the supervisor. Note that the project can be conducted outside the university, for example at a company. If you do not find what you want, your master’s programme coordinator will give advice.
  3. Write a project plan together with your supervisor when you have decided about a project. The plan should be brief, but give a clear description of your specific project (2–3 A4 pages). It should contain:
    • Project title
    • Name and e-mail addresses to you and the supervisor
    • Topic, time, and number of credits
    • Introduction, with a theoretical background to the project and key references
    • The specific aim(s) of your project
    • Methods
    • Time plan (rough planning of the project). Remember to include time for writing of the report and preparations for the seminar.
  4. Fill in the registration form (pdf, 413 kB, new tab)Lotta Persmark will confirm that you are eligible to start the project by adding a signature on the registration form. You and your supervisor should also sign the form and after that the coordinator, Dag Ahrén. Hand in the registration form around 2 weeks before the start of the project to Lotta Persmark. Note also that if you are going to perform your project during the summer you must register before the 15 June.
  5. If you do the project abroad you must have insurance. Lotta Persmark at the Education office will help you with that.

During the project

  1. Carefully document your work. You should document your work systematically in a README file. With the aid of the README file, you or another person should be able to recreate the current results from the original data. The README file may be used in the final examination and grading of your project. You should submit the README file together with the final report.
  2. If something is not working the way you would like it to, like problems with your supervisor, contact Lotta Persmark or Dag Ahrén as soon as possible. The earlier we address a problem the sooner it can be solved.
  3. You should participate in group meetings, seminars, and such that may be arranged in the group or at the department where you are working.
  4. It is advisable to start writing the report as soon as possible. Parts of the introduction and materials and methods can be written in parallel with your practical/theoretical work.

The report

  1. The project shall be presented as a scientific report in English. The format of your report should follow the instructions on how to write manuscripts for PLOS One. Author instructions are found on PLOS One's website. Discuss with your supervisor whether your report may deviate from these instructions. Your final report can be in manuscript form or you may choose a layout that is more similar to a printed paper.
  2. Plagiarism. You are not allowed to present someone else’s work, such as text, figures or results, without giving proper reference. You may of course refer to the works of others, but you must write about it in your own words and refer to the source of information in a correct way. To prevent plagiarism, all project reports are sent to "Urkund" (information for students at Urkund's website), a program that uses internet/databases to scan a report for plagiarised text. Your text is also added to the database, which prevents the contents of your report to be plagiarised by someone else in the future. See below, under "Submission of the report" how this is done.

The examination

  1. The examination: Dag Ahrén, Eran Elhaik and Anna Runemark will act as examiners or appoint another examiner within the Department of Biology. The supervisor will take part in the discussion, but not in the decision. If the supervisor is not present, the examiner will contact the supervisor for his or her opinion.
  2. All project work seminars are presented during the allocated examination period and the exact date is decided by the examiner after consulting with the examination committee. Preliminary dates are: June 5, 2020, September 3, 2020, and January 15, 2021
  3. Submission of the thesis. At least one week before the seminar, you should submit your completed thesis to the examiner via the URKUND system using the e-mail address below. This is the version of the thesis on which the examination will be based. Send the report and summary to the examiner: dag [dot] ahren [dot] lu [at] analys [dot] urkund [dot] se. You simply attach the report and summary (preferably as a PDF) in the mail. 
  4. Seminar. At the examination, you will give a presentation (about 10-15 min). After your presentation, the examiner will ask you questions and discuss your report and project, and thereafter the audience will be invited to ask questions.
  5. Grades Projects are graded according to the criteria found here (pdf, 47 kB, new tab).
    To reach the grade Pass with distinction (Väl Godkänt) the time-frame for the project should not have been exceeded with more than 20 %. If the degree project does not fulfil the requirements for “Pass” (Godkänd), the student will be given instructions about how to improve the work to reach the grade “Pass”.

Study advisor

Lotta Persmark
Study advisor

Telephone+46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


Anna Runemark
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +46 46 222 39 95
Email: Anna [dot] Runemark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se