New Bioinformatics Course Introduced to Undergraduates

Bioinformatics, a relatively new field of science which involves the collection and analysis of complex biological data, was previously offered only to graduate level students. However, with biology undergoing a paradigm shift towards cheaper genetic sequencing and big data, there is a growing demand for scientists who are not only well versed in knowing their cellular structures and protein interactions, but are able to put it in terms for a computer to analyze.

From July 10th, 2017 to July 26th, fifteen undergraduates piloted a new course on computational microbiome research and gained valuable knowledge and insight on various bioinformatics methods. Under the instruction of Dr. Patrick Gillevet, Dr. J. Reid Schwebach, and Jasmine Amirzadegan, these young students quickly became familiar with subjects, such as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Barcoding, Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Eigenvalues, and Metagenomics, as a means to further a real GMU research project in microbiome evolution.

For more information on the course and the activities that were conducted, please visit this blog page.