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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Bioinformática - PPGBIOINFO





O Programa de Pós-Graduação em Bioinformática - PPGBIOINFO da UTFPR-CP foi avaliado durante a 155ª Reunião do Conselho Técnico-Científico da Educação Superior (CTC-ES), realizada no período de 3 a 7 de novembro de 2014, em Brasília.

O Mestrado em Bioinfomática da UTFPR-CP foi recomendado com nota 3 no dia 22/12/2014. O resultado oficial está disponível em http://www.capes.gov.br/images/stories/download/avaliacao/612015-Resultados-CTC-156-TabelaWeb.xls.



1- Program history or presentation of the program and its activities since opening.

The Graduate Program in Bioinformatics - PPGBIOINFO UTFPR-CP has been evaluated during the 155th Meeting of the Scientific-Technical Council of Higher Education (CTC-ES) held November 3rd to 7th in Brasilia.

The Master in Bioinformatics at UTFPR-CP was recommended with grade 3 on 12/22/2014. The official result is available at


2- Selection Calls








1.1. The Coordination of the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics at the Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), publicly announces application for the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics (PPGBIOINFO) - Master level is open.

1.2. The Graduate Program in Bioinformatics (PPGBIOINFO) is aimed at fostering qualifications and the development of scientific knowledge and its application in the execution of research and development activities aimed at solving problems or at technological innovation propositions to advance bioinformatics knowledge frontier.


2. CONCENTRATION AREA: Bioinformatics

Research lines:
a) Computational and systemic biology
b) Genetics and Genomics



3.1. Applications can be made in person or by a duly constituted proxy in the period
from 01/09/2015 to 02/06/2015, Mon to Fri, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm, at the Bioinformatics Program Secretariat at UTFPR - Câmpus Cornélio Procópio, Bloco K, Avenida Alberto Carazzai, 1640, CEP: 86300-000, Cornélio Procópio-PR, phone (43) 3520-4055.

3.2. Application requests will be accepted via SEDEX, through the Correios, CONSIDERING POSTING DATE UP TO 02/06/2015, sent to the address: UTFPR - Campus Cornélio Procópio, Avenida Alberto Carazzai, 1640, CEP: 86300-000, Cornélio Procópio-PR, and sent to the Secretariat of the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics.

3.3. No Applications via fax and/or via e-mail or with missing documents will be accepted.

3.4. The candidates’ application request to the Master in Bioinformatics will be done to the Graduate Course Coordination through a specific form available at the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics Secretariat or on the website http://www.utfpr.edu.br/cornelioprocopio/ppgbioinfo.

3.5. As for application, only students holding an undergraduate diploma in Computer Science, Life Sciences or a related field, officially recognized, respecting the currents rules of UTFPR will be accepted.

3.6. Upon registration, the following documents must be presented:

(a) filled out application form available online on the website:


(b) an identity card (RG)  copy (or passport if foreign);

(c) a CPF copy;

(d) copy of voting card, with voting proof/exemption from the last elections;

(e) copy of the birth or marriage certificate;

(f) notary certified copy of the graduation diploma or equivalent document, or in case of undergraduating applicants finishing their studies in the academic year 2014, a potential completion statement issued by the college;

(g) duly proven curriculum in CNPq Lattes format;

(h) notary-certified Undergraduate Transcript copy, together with the average score coefficient calculated by the Higher Education Institution (HEI) where the applicant has studied;

(i) recent ID photo;

  (j) Employed students must provide a letter of intent by employer, whether public or private, offering to release the student full or part-time;

(k) At least two (2) letters of recommendation signed by the commending person and sent via Correios directly to the PPGBIOINFO Secretariat in accordance with instructions contained in the template available on the website http://www.utfpr.edu.br/cornelioprocopio/ppgbioinfo;

(l) research project proposal according to the model available at http://www.utfpr.edu.br/cornelioprocopio/ppgbioinfo.

3.7. Holders of foreign undergraduate degrees must submit a recognition document of the diploma, agreement term or international treaty.

3.8. Late registration is forbidden.

3.9. All the information provided in the application process are the sole applicant’s responsibility, and the Program holds the right to exclude from selection process those who do not submit complete documentation, fully and legibly fill the form and/or who provide proven untrue data.

3.10. The list of accepted applications will be published on the PPGBIOINFO Secretariat’s noticeboards and on http://www.utfpr.edu.br/cornelioprocopio/ppgbioinfo, on February 10th, 2015, from 2 pm on. 

3.11. By submitting an application, the applicant declares to be aware of and in accordance with the conditions set out in this Call.




4.1. Fourteen (14) regular student positions will be offered and up to fourteen (14) special student positions in the Concentration Area of Bioinformatics, according to the Research Lines: Computational and systemic biology and Genetics and Genomics.

4.2. Positions in each research line will be filled according to the classification of successful candidates. 

4.3. An additional of up to 20% of total positions will be available for staff from Public Higher Education Institutions, according to specific PROPPG Rules as approved by COPPG on 06/21/2012, and the candidate from public higher institutions should also be subject to all selection process rules defined in this selection call.




5.1. The Graduate Program in Bioinformatics selection process will be carried out by the Program Board.

5.2. The selection will be made in a single stage through the assessment of the undergraduate transcript, curriculum assessment and research project proposal evaluation, all of which will receive scores from zero (0) to ten (10).

5.3. The undergraduate transcript evaluation will be made by the average score coefficient calculated by the arithmetic mean of all scores of all subjects present in the undergraduate transcript, considering: 

         a) When the transcript does not indicate a numerical value, but an alphanumeric concept, it will be adopted a conversion in accordance with the criteria used by the applicant's higher education institution to assign that concept; the given score shall be the mean of the score used for each concept;

b) When the transcript does not show how the alphanumeric concept was calculated; the following conversion will be adopted to assign scores to subjects with approval: A – 90; B – 80; C – 70; e D – 60.

5.4. Curriculum evaluation will be conducted in accordance with criteria set out in Annex I of this Call; the number of earned points will be converted to a score from zero (0) to ten (10); to that applicant who obtains the highest score it will be awarded a ten (10); points conversion of the other curricula will be proportionally carried out.

5.5. Research project proposal evaluation will be carried out in accordance with criteria set out in Annex II of this Call.

5.6. The Applicant’s final score will be calculated considering the following weights: undergraduate transcript - weight three (3), curriculum - weight three (3) and proposed research project - weight four (4).

5.7. The applicant who obtains a final score lower than six (6) will be eliminated from selection process.

5.8. Applicants who obtain a final score equal to or greater than six (6) will be ranked in descending order up to the number of positions offered; in case of a tie the applicant receiving the highest score in the curriculum evaluation will be ranked; if the tie persists the older will be ranked.

5.9. The final result will be approved by PPGBIOINFO Board and published on the noticeboard of the Research and Graduate Studies Board and also on http://www.utfpr.edu.br/cornelioprocopio/ppgbioinfo. 

5.10. Upon disclosure of final results all applicants will be alphabetically listed.

5:11. Registration period will be defined by the UTFPR Academic Calendar and it will be published together with the final result; if there is any applicant withdrawal a second call list may be published with a forty-eight (48) hours deadline for registration. 

5:12. The applicant who does not register by the established date will forfeit the position.



6.1. The candidate’s application implies acceptance of conditions established in this Call and in PPGBIOINFO Regulation.

6.2. For appealing purposes the documentation will be available to applicants from the publication date of the selection process final result. The appeal deadline for the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics at UTFPR selection process will be of 48 (forty eight) hours from the final result releasing time.

6.3. Applicants should arrange the withdrawal of their documents at the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics Secretariat within 30 days after the selection process end. After this time the documents will be destroyed.

6.4. Fraud or attempted fraud of any of the rules set out in this Call or in the PPGBIOINFO regulations and communications will lead to the applicant elimination of the selection process, without prejudice to the applicable criminal penalties.

6.5. Cases not covered by this Call will be resolved by the Board of the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics.
6.6. This Call will be published on the website http://www.utfpr.edu.br/cornelioprocopio/ppgbioinfo.


Graduate Program in Bioinformatics Coordinator




1. Lattes Curriculum evaluation criteria

Activities described in the curriculum will be valued according to the score found in this Annex. The number of points earned will be converted to a score from zero to ten. To the applicant who receives the highest score it will be given score 10.0 (ten). Point conversion of the other curricula will be calculated proportionately. This evaluation will have weight three (3) to calculate the final average.

1.1. Activities and punctuation that will be considered in Lattes Curriculum assessment 

Completed undergraduate course in related fields

60 points

Completed undergraduate course (from second course on)

10 points per certificate

Completed specialization in related fields

3 points per certificate (2 courses maximum)

Completed Master degree in related fields

20 points per certificate

Completed Doctorate degree in related fields

25 points per certificate

Scientific Initiation, Technological initiation or similar activities in related fields

5 points per year (20 points maximum)

Undergraduate monitoring or equivalent academic program in related fields

3 points per year (15 points maximum)

Institutional interexchange

2 points per interchange (4 points maximum)

Abstract published in proceedings of conferences, seminars and scientific meetings in related areas

1 point per abstract (5 points maximum)

Full papers published in proceedings of conferences, seminars and scientific meetings in related areas


1. Qualis A1

10 points per article

2. Qualis A2

8 points per article

3. Qualis B1

7 points per article

4. Qualis B2

5 points per article

5. Qualis B3

2 points per article (6 points maximum)

6. Qualis B4, B5, C  and without qualification

1point per article (3 points maximum)

Published books in related fields

10 points per book

Published book chapters in related fields

5 points per chapter (15 points maximum)

Full papers published in scientific journals


1. Qualis A1

20 points per article

2. Qualis A2

17 points per article

3. Qualis B1

14 points per article

4. Qualis B2

11 points per article

5. Qualis B3

5 points per article (15 points maximum)

6. Qualis B4, B5, C and without qualification

2 points per article (6 points maximum)

Patent registration

5 points per registration

Granted patent

10 points per patent

Course participation

0.5 point per certificate (3 points maximum)

Scientific events participation

1 point per event (5 points maximum)

Professional experience (including internships and Jr. companies)

1 point per year (3 points maximum)

Other important items (Defined by the Selection Committee)

10 points maximum


Note: Qualis is an assessment tool of the Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination (CAPES). To check whether a particular journal has Qualis see the WebQualis website at http://qualis.capes.gov.br/webqualis/. To check whether a particular Congress has Qualis check out a copy of the Qualis document from national and international congresses of the area which the article was published. Only productions in the fields of Biological Science I, Computer and Interdisciplinary will be accepted and considered as qualified. In cases when the production in a journal or conference can be qualified in more than one evaluation area, the highest qualification will be allocated among the areas of Biological Sciences I, Computer or interdisciplinary.

1.2. All activities listed in the curriculum should be duly proven by the applicant upon application by delivery of official documents from the institution where the activities were developed, as well as providing copies of scientific production, such as articles published in journals, complete articles published in conference proceedings and abstracts published in conference proceedings.





1. Evaluation criteria for the Proposed Research Project

1.1. The evaluation of the research project proposal will be carried out in accordance with the criteria laid down in this Annex. This assessment will have weight four (4) for the calculation of the final average.
1.2. The proposed research project must be presented by the applicant, and its main purpose is to inform the Board about aspects of the area and of the research object and development of interest by applicants.
1.3. The research project proposal should be clear, objective and present current references.

1.4. The following table sets out items and weights for the evaluation of the applicant’s research project proposal.





1. Title and Abstract


2. Introduction

2.1 Problem Characterization

2.2 Proposal Justification  


3. Objectives
3.1 General
3.2 Specific


4. Literature Review


5. Methodology


6. Results and/or Expected Products


7. Schedule


8. References (minimum number of references)



1.5. The research project proposal should cover all items listed in the above table and have a maximum of ten (10) pages according to the template available at http://www.utfpr.edu.br/cornelioprocopio/ppgbioinfo.


3- Areas of Concentration and summary
Concentration Area: Bioinformatics

Description: The area of concentration "Bioinformatics" covers research, development and application of techniques and computational and statistical methods for the production of methodologies to analyze and interpret biological data of various kinds, involving genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data, among others, aiming at biological knowledge discovery from the data analyzed.


4- Research lines and summary


Research lines

Computational and systemic biology: This line of research involves: (a) sequences analysis and phylogenetic using probabilistic sequences models, algorithms for sequences searching and clustering, among other techniques; (b) systemic biology with the holistic study of the cell’s molecular biology, study of interactions between biological components and how such interactions generate functions and control the system behavior; (c) evolutionary algorithms, through the development of algorithms for combinatorial optimization in multidimensional problems where one cannot go all features/combinations space; (d) ontologies, data and database mining, through the extraction of biological information from text, database and other information sources, integration of biologically relevant data and ontologies; and (e) bioimages which deal with the acquisition, analysis, mining and displaying of images produced by microscopes with emphasis on the interdisciplinary development of techniques to solve problems at different levels: molecular, subcellular, and super-cell.

Genetics and Genomics: This research line involves: (a) genomes analysis, genomes assembly, comparative genomics, genomes and chromosomes annotation, among others; (b) gene expression analysis, development of statistical methods for recognition of differentially expressed genes, classifiers based on expression, methods to determine and describe regulatory networks, route analysis, expression data integration, expression data annotation and gene or set of genes; and (c) population genetics using segregation analysis, analysis of linkage, association analysis, genetic maps construction, populations simulations, haplotyping, markers discovery and genotyping.


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