Bioinformatics is the glue that allows us to manipulate, utilize and learn from vast amounts of biological data. Bioinformatics tools and databases enable a range of scientific, technological, and biomedical applications that would otherwise be impossible to achieve. Familiarity with bioinformatics concepts and widely used tools allows one to effectively leverage biological data into useful biological information. The course will cover the use of resources like NCBI's Entrez and EBI, and encourages students to explore various web tools for sequence search, alignment, PCR design, protein structure, etc. An introduction to database design and the principles of programming languages will be provided as well as an overview of how bioinformatics is applied in the industry.
Course Number: BIOL-40236
Credit: 3 units