Working with the NCBI Database

The National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) houses a series of biological databases where researchers can access a variety of tools and updated sequence data for both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. This informational session will allow you to navigate the NCBI database and learn about the resources available to allow success in your research projects. This includes searching the database and downloading nucleotide, genomic, proteomic, and SRA data, understanding the different sequence data file formats and using its most popular tools such as BLAST and its variations.

Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Zoom 
Registration Fee: Free
System Requirements: Windows, Linux, or Mac


  • General introduction to the NCBI database and its resources
  • Learn how to search and download nucleotide, genomic, protein, SRA and other sequence data
  • Understand the common file formats that can be downloaded (.fasta, .gff, .gbk, etc.)
  • Learn how to utilize BLAST (and its variations) and protein analysis tools within NCBI
  • Understand where to submit data on NCBI for your publications and where to access submitted data from publications
  • NCBI's genome workbench: an introduction and highlight of features

Course Material


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