Fall 2021 - MBB 342 D100
Introductory Genomics and Bioinformatics (3)
Class Number: 4165
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
Prerequisites:MBB 231, BISC 202 and either MBB 243 or 3 units of CMPT or equivalent, all with a minimum grade of C. Recommended: STAT 201 (or an equivalent statistics course) or STAT 270.
Major topics in genomics and bioinformatics, with integrated discussion of associated ethical/legal/social issues. An overview of laboratory and computer-based methods to study genomes, and their applications. Hands-on computer lab session providing an opportunity to use and experiment with bioinformatics software and databases utilized in genomics and bioinformatics research.
Approximately one week will be devoted to each of the following topics:
- What is Bioinformatics? What is Genomics? An overview and history
- Obtaining the data: Genome sequencing, genome assembly
- Organizing the data: Gene/genome databases, browsers and searching
- Sequence alignment and sequence similarity search
- Genome assembly and short read mapping
- Human genome variation – SNP, copy number and structural
- Transcriptomics/RNA sequencing, chromatin IP and promoter analysis
- Multiple sequence alignment, intro to evolutionary analysis
- Orthologs, paralogs/gene families, phylogenetic analysis
- Protein, network-based analysis and Systems Biology
- Microbial genomics and metagenomics of environmental/human microbiomes
- Human genomics and personalized medicine
- Plant and animal genomics in agriculture and aquaculture
- Lab assignments 40%
- Two non-cumulative written exams during class time (synchronous) 40%
- Lab assignment/project 20%
- Lectures: in person
- Labs: in person
- Assessments: in person
- No final exam
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