Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics(Biol 734/ CIS 734)

Every other year the director and the associate director of the bioinformatics group co-teach Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics. For biology students, the course introduces fundmental bioinformatics algorithms and database structures. For computer science students, the course introduces fundmental concepts in molecular biology and evolution and how these concepts can be used to optimize data mining and sequence assembly. Weekly labs provide an opportunity to apply these concepts using training datasets.

Computer science and biological science students pair for group projects. In these independent projects a large dataset, typically generated in a student's lab, is analyzed and conclusions are presented. This independent work provides real-world experience for both the computer science and biological science students.


In an exercise in Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics, Surbhi Mungre, a Computing and Information Sciences student, tries her hand at bench work for a look at the data collection end of the process.