Genome Jumpstart – An Introduction to Bioinformatic Analysis (BIO2117.01)

Amie McClellan

This course offers an immersive experience into the world of DNA, genes, and genomes in eukaryotic organisms. In addition to getting a grasp of the foundational biology, students will engage with various online databases and resources, becoming familiar with the computational algorithms and methodologies used to mine and analyze the ever-increasing data generated from whole-genome sequencing, and consider how that improves our understanding of evolutionary relationships amongst organisms based on their molecular fingerprints. In the second half of the term, students will work in teams on a genome annotation project, contributing to an ongoing multi-institute analysis of understudied regions of various Drosophila species’ genomes. Students completing successful project work become eligible for future co-author status on emerging publications by the Genomics Education Partnership consortium.

Learning Outcomes:
A concrete understanding of the flow of genetic information in, and evolutionary relatedness of, all life on Earth

Comfort with and appreciation for uncertainty and ambiguity in scientific research

Experience wrestling with the importance of evidence and analysis in constructing a sound scientific model

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 8:30AM - 10:20AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Biology , Computer Science , Fully In-Person