Genomics and Bioinformatics

July 10 – 21, 2023
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Philosophy and Society
Vinayak Mathur

In this class we will examine the intersection of biology, computer science, and statistics, with special emphasis on the biological aspects. Advances in Next Generation Sequencing technologies have led to the production of large amounts of sequencing data and a growing need to develop researchers to analyze it. There are a variety of bioinformatics tools available for students to learn, enabling them to participate in authentic research. This course introduces these tools through hands-on training. The course will focus on using analytical methods to understand the features, functions and evolution of genomics. The overall aims of the course are for students to 1) learn the underlying theory behind bioinformatics tools for genomic analysis and to 2) develop an understanding of how the analysis of sequence data informs the study of biology. Students will get an opportunity to work with biological datasets, perform authentic research and contribute to an ongoing research project.