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References and tutorials


We run several newsletters ourselves (via simple mailing lists) to get in touch with bioinformatics students.

Vintage distributors

Each Bachelor class has its own mailing list - for communication with one another and for important information from the FSR. The responsibility lies with the students of the respective year.

Master distributor

The mailing list for everyone who is doing their master’s degree here. Without subdivision into years, there is specific information for Masters.

General mailing list / "Without vintage" mailing list

You can subscribe to this mailing list if you are no longer in a Bachelor's or Master's degree. It is also for all doctoral students, all those who have already finished, have never studied here or are now studying elsewhere, and for those who are generally interested.

Forwarding distributor

The FSR forwards things like job offers, surveys, lectures and other more general information to this mailing list.

Chairs, working groups and research groups in Jena

Bioinformatics - Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Böcker
  • Algorithmic mass spectrometry
  • Algorithmic Phylogenetics
  • Fixed parameter approaches

Bioinformatics - Faculty of Biosciences

Prof. Dr. Stefan Schuster
  • Metabolic and Regulatory Networks
  • Alternative splicing
  • Game theory and agent-based modeling

Bioinformatics for high throughput processes

Prof. Dr. Manja Marz
  • Analysis of high throughput sequencing data
  • Identification and annotation of non-coding RNAs
  • Analysis and systems biology of viruses

Applied Systems Biology (ASB)

Prof. Dr. Marc Thilo Figge
  • Image-based systems biology
  • Automated image analysis
  • Modeling dynamic systems

Pathogenome Bioinformatics

Dr. Alexander Herbig
  • Bacteria genomics
  • Pathogen evolution
  • prehistoric DNA

Bioinformatics for aging processes

Prof. Dr. Steve Hoffmann
  • Data integration
  • Analysis of DNA methylation
  • RNA splicing in RNA sequencing data

Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (SBI)

Dr. Gianni Panagiotou
  • Metagenomics
  • Host-pathogen interaction networks
  • RNA-Seq data analysis
  • Prediction of regulatory elements and secondary metabolism

Population genetics

Dr. Stephan Schiffels
  • Analysis of genomic data
  • Reconstruction of the human population history
  • Human history

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


I forgot to register for an exam, can I still do that?

That depends on the individual case. The best thing to do is to ask directly at the examination office.

What should I do if I get sick on the day of an exam?

Off to the doctor and get a certificate. Submit this to the Bioinformatics Examination Board within three working days (Saturday is also a working day!). Please also inform the examining person immediately.

If you want to know exactly, read paragraph 12, section 2 of the examination regulations (PDF).

How long does it take for grades to be published?

Unfortunately, there is no satisfactory answer to this. It may help to ask the examiner personally or to write an email, because they may have forgotten to inform the examination office of the grade.

I am dissatisfied with my grade. Can I repeat exams that I have already passed?

No. Only exams that have not been passed or are considered to be failed can be repeated.

I fell through an exam. What now? (fallen through the first attempt)

Paragraph 11 of the examination regulations (PDF) deals with the repetition of an examination.

I failed an exam twice. What now? (failed the repeat exam)

Second repetitions of up to four module examinations are approved on request without examining the reasons.

More detailed information can be found in Section 11 of the Examination Regulations (PDF).

How can I see my exam?

Within one year of the announcement of the result of the last examination performance, the student is granted access to his written examination papers, the related reports of the examiners and the examination protocols within a reasonable period of time. The chairman of the examination board determines the time and place of the inspection.

Paragraph 24 of the examination regulations (PDF) deals with the inspection of the examination files.


I would like to have a HiWi job (HiWi: auxiliary scientist). How do I get there?

Just ask a teacher about the exercise or lecture. You can also take a look at the pages of the chairs, working groups and research groups.

For example, Prof. Böcker is looking for people with programming experience.

Often you can also help to control exercise series or help students directly. For example for structured programming you can contact Prof. Dittrich.

What is a vacation semester good for?

If you know that you will not take any exams in Jena next semester, then it is worthwhile to apply for a semester on leave.

Because it is not yet certain whether you might need longer than planned. Then the student loan could be omitted and long-term tuition fees incurred (in Thuringia € 500). This can be a problem, especially when changing subjects.

The (important) reason for the leave of absence must generally cover at least 6 weeks of the lecture period!

Important reasons:

  • illness
  • stay abroad
  • internship
  • Maternity leave / parental leave
  • Participation in the bodies of the university, the student body and the student union
  • Other (best to ask at SSZ)

Application for leave of absence (PDF)

Which programming languages ​​must bioinformatics students be able to use?

It all depends on what you do later.

Here at university you will probably learn Java, Python and a little Bash.

But you may also come into contact with perl, C ++ and R.

Don't worry, once you've learned a few programming languages, others will learn much faster.


How can you take part in the FSR, how can you get involved?

Just come over to a meeting!

You don't have to be an elected member to get involved. Every bioinformatics student is automatically part of the student council and is entitled to elect the student council (FSR), he / she has the right to speak, propose and vote at general assemblies and can request general assemblies of the FSR.

You are welcome to make suggestions that will benefit the entire bioinformatics student body. We often need helpers for certain events. For example for the StET, for the Fak-Fest or other activities. We will inform you about this in the distribution lists for the years. The FSRe are re-elected around every May / June. Here you can run for the next 2 semesters to become an elected member of the FSR for one year.

What does an elected FSR member do?

She / he reads the statutes (PDF) and takes on one of the many tasks. Important tasks are: managing finances, being in the chair, reading, writing, answering and forwarding e-mails, writing the minutes, keeping the homepage up-to-date and being present at the FSR-Kom. There are also some events to be organized (Christmas party, faculty party, ...). Joint events with other FSRs need at least one person in charge.

Our statutes say:

  • Representation of the students at the level of the departments or faculties
  • Is committed to the implementation of the goals of the student body, taking into account the implementation of the course and the exams
  • Quality assurance of teaching (evaluation)
  • Representing the students in front of the lecturers and the faculty, it is the liaison between student self-administration and the faculty
  • Contact point for problems and questions from students in the respective student council
  • Organization of events outside of studies (faculty party, sports festival, Christmas lecture, lectures, etc.)
  • Representation of the student council as well as exchange and cooperation with the student council (StuRa) and other student councils in the interests of the students (FSR-Kom, joint events, etc.)

How is a student council financed?

We get a piece of your semester fee. This depends on the number of students who are enrolled in the subject of bioinformatics.

The formal calculation can be found in Section 10 of the Financial Regulations (PDF). We will announce the exact figures for the respective year at our student council assembly.

Under what conditions does the student council support projects or events?

Always bring the ideas! We then advise at our meetings whether it is relevant for a sufficiently large number of enrolled bioinformatics students.

Which events do our financial resources go to?

StET, Christmas lecture, Christmas party, chair evenings, faculty party, barbecues and games evenings. To get an exact overview, you can visit our student council plenary meeting. The student council invites you at least one week before the meeting, stating the place and time. As a member of the student council, you have the right to speak, propose and vote. If you fail: A protocol will be made of the student council general assembly.

No general assembly in the foreseeable future, but would you like that?

No problem. You are entitled to appoint them to the student council upon written application! The student council is then responsible for holding the student council plenary meeting within two weeks of the lecture period.

Why isn't there more for free?

The FSR's financial resources were probably not sufficient for this. But we take every suggestion seriously, so just write to us.

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