Course content

Day 1 will be dedicated to lectures on systems biology in general and to more specific application in the immunology and vaccine fields.

Day 2 will alternate lectures with an hands-on analysis of transcriptomic data.

Learning Outcomes 

Participants will build a solid theoretical background on systems biology and will learn how to approach transcriptomic data.

M13  Systems Biology of Vaccinology

Who should apply

PhD students, postdocs and senior scientists interested in the systems biology approach applied to vaccine studies.

Minimal requirements

The course is mainly aimed at early career researcher (PhD students and post-docs) with an immunological background, but is open to scientists at any level and with different backgrounds. Although not compulsory, some confidence with R or other programming languages would be preferred (a basic R introduction can be found at Participants should bring their own laptop for the practical part.


The whole course will be held in the “Certosa di Pontignano” ( a medieval cloister just outside Siena. Accommodation (two nights) and meals are included. Travel costs are not included.

Course Goals 

Definition and overview of the systems biology approach; examples of systems biology studies in immunology and vaccine studies; learn how to perform transcriptomic data analysis and correlation analysis with immunologic data.


Application Deadline:  

10 April 2020

Course Dates:

5-6 November 2020 (2 days) 


University of Siena,

Siena, Italy

Participant Nr.: max. 15


Francesco Santoro 

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 730964.

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