Fall 2016 - MBB 659 G100

Special Topics in Bioinformatics (3)


Class Number: 1412

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2016: Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 441 or 741; or CMPT 341 or 881.



Consideration of recent research literature on contemporary topics in bioinformatics.


This discussion-based bioinformatics course will expose students to the latest developments in bioinformatics analysis and algorithms. It will run in conjunction with VanBug Seminar Series (http://vanbug.org), in which the students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss their work with guest speakers, both local and international scientists. During this course students will perform individual presentation on recent papers (less than 6 month old) where a focus of the manuscript was on bioinformatics (e.g. methodology/development/ application; see Example topics below for more ideas).

See: http://www.sfu.ca/mbb/graduate-program/grad-courses/course-descriptions.html for a supplementary course outline.

Class location:
GSC, (570 West 7th Avenue) for the presentations from 2:30 -4:30 pm.  For Vanbug meeting with speakers from 4:30 to 5:30 pm another location may be used (TBA).


  • 4 individual (20 min. + 5 min. questions) presentations & 1 presentation (15 min. + 5 min. questions) 80%
  • Overall class participation (reading assigned work & asking questions in class, as well as e-discussion in google 20%


Questions from students and instructors may follow each presentation. Student and instructors will fill a student evaluation feedback form at each presentation. Comments from students will be instructional only and will not count towards course mark.



A.D. Baxevanis and B.F.F. Ouellette (ed.), Bioinformatics: A practical guide to the analysis of genes and proteins, 3rd edition. 2004. John Wiley & Sons, USA. 

M. Zvelebil and J.O. Baum. Understanding Bioinformatics. 1st Edition. 2008. Garland Science, USA.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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