Metabarcoding: from Lab to Bioinformatics

On-site in Tartu 1-7 August 2022

High-throughput metabarcoding methods have become a routine analysis tool in biodiversity research and ecology in general. This course will cover the principles of metabarcoding workflow, from the laboratory analyses to bioinformatic analyses of the high-throughput sequencing data.

Laboratory work includes steps for sample preparation, DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing library preparation. The practical sessions are supplemented with theoretical lectures.

Hands-on metabarcoding data set analyses will mostly follow PipeCraft 2 pipeline (user-friendly graphical user interface software for non-bioinformaticians) but basics of command-line interface and usage of high-performance clusters will be also covered.

Focus area: Biology, Ecology, Mycology, and Microbiology Coordinating unit at UT

Chair of Mycology, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences

Study Field: Biology, Mycology, Microbiology, and Ecology Course Leader Dr. Niloufar Hagh-Doust, Research fellow at University of Tartu 
Format Practical and theoretical sessions Location Tartu, Estonia
Course dates: 1-7 August 2022 Apply by: 19 June 2022
ECTS: 4 (evaluation method: participants will be asked to prepare a 2 page report) Fee: 450 €
Study group MSc/PhD and Post-doc Language English


  • Prof. Leho Tedersoo, University of Tartu 
  • Prof. Urmas Kõljalg, University of Tartu 
  • Dr. Sten Anslan, University of Tartu 
  • Dr. Vladimir Mikryukov, University of Tartu 
  • Dr. Kessy Abarenkov, University of Tartu 
  • Dr. Niloufar Hagh-Doust, University of Tartu 
  • Dr. Heidi Tamm, University of Tartu 
  • Ali Hakimzadeh, University of Tartu 

Two weeks prior to the start of the programme an information file will be sent to all participants. This file contains the daily schedule and relevant contact information of the programme managers.

Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country. It is recommended to visit the Tartu Welcome Centre website and arrival and housing section to find accommodation opportunities.

The University of Tartu will offer 20 tuition waivers (scholarships) altogether for citizens of Ukraine for all summer courses. It will cover the course fee and cultural programme. Accommodation and daily expenses are not included.
The selection process is going to be based on the motivation letter. In order to apply for the scholarship please submit your application to the summer course  and upload a motivation letter (no longer than approx 1 A4 page).

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