Promoter analysis of plants

Q&A: Coffee break with TRANSFAC

This event was held on April 22nd, 2024

FREE online seminar

Seminar Description

Promoter analysis of plants

In this webinar Dr. Alexander Kel, the CEO and CSO of geneXplain GmbH, together with the biologist from Osnabrück University Dr. Maria Kozlova, will apply TRANSFAC to study different Plant Promoters. 

Alexander and Maria will show how to integrate different plant genomes within the geneXplain platform and perform promoter analysis. Transcription factor binding sites in plant promoters will be identified together with the master regulatory molecules regulating the transcription of genes.

The following main questions will be in the focus of this seminar:

  • What is the prerequisite to integrate a plant genome?
  • What plant profiles are there in TRANSFAC?
  • How to analyze different types of plant data inside the geneXplain platform?
  • How to build your own pipeline?

What you will learn in this webseminar 

  • TRANSFAC database and geneXplain platform – brief overview
  • Performing TFBS search for plant genes
  • Example analysis of Coffea canephora (GSE128888)
  • Site search summary. Identification of master regulatory molecules playing a potential role in gene regulation.

Seminar Schedule

The session will start on April 22 with a lecture from Prof. Dr. Alexander Kel and Dr. Maria Kozlova (approx. 1 hour) and will be continued with a Q&A session addressing the questions coming from the attendees of the online event (up to 30 minutes).

What You Get

  • 1 hour lecture on gene regulation analysis provided by one of the key opinion makers in this field
  • 30 minutes interactive Q&A session addressing your questions regarding search for TFBS
  • Time-unlimited access to the video record of the session

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The Lecturers

  • Alexander Kel received his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology and Genetics in 1990 and has has over 35 years of research experience in Bioinformatics
  • He studied at Novosibirsk State University, obtaining an M.S. in biology with a focus on mathematical biology in 1985
  • His work spans numerous bioinformatics branches (sequence analysis, gene recognition, promoter/enhancer analysis and prediction, prediction of RNA secondary structure, analysis of signal transduction pathways, identification of drug targets, systems biology and systems medicine)
  • He is the originator of the “fuzzy puzzle” concept for gene regulatory regions modeling
  • Developed “upstream analysis” for identifying biomarkers and drug targets in various diseases
  • Participated in over 20 national and international research projects
  • Author of more than 130 scientific publications and several book chapters on bioinformatics and systems biology
  • CEO and CSO of geneXplain GmbH, Wolfenbüttel, Germany
  • Visiting Professor at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin, Ireland
Dr. Maria Kozlova
  • Dr. Maria Kozlova has graduated as a Master of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2018
  • After that she has received her PhD in Bioinformatics from the Osnabrück University in 2023
  • Maria has continued her career in Osnabrück University as a research associate. She specialises in Bioinformatics, Structural biology, Genomics, and Evolution


Basic knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology. No programming skills are required.

To Whom It Might Be Interesting

  • Bench biologists seeking for ways to deal with sequencing data in order to discover what is hidden there in terms of genes, promoters, and repressors


That’s ok! All registered course attendees will receive access to the video record of the session together with the presentation materials. 

You can ask your questions live during the online event using the Q&A section of the online webinar, or you can send us your questions in advance using the form on this page and Prof. Dr. Alexander Kel will address them at the online event.

Sure! All licensed TRANSFAC users will be able to repeat all steps of the analysis that will be shown by Prof. Dr. Alexander Kel during the online event using their geneXplain platform and TRANSFAC accounts.

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