Bioinformatics for Beginners
Learn how to access genomic data, identify species based on DNA, analyze evolutionary relationships, and investigate the genetics of health.
Two-part class: Saturday and Sunday, June 26 & 27, 2:00pm – 5:30pm EDT
With the advent of new technologies, there is a vast and growing amount of biological data at our fingertips. But how do we find that data and actually use it? That’s where bioinformatics, a field all about leveraging computational tools to analyze complex biological data, comes in. Bioinformatics makes it possible for us to analyze our genetic code to answer questions about evolution, health, and ancestry, regardless of programming experience.
In this two-day workshop, we’ll introduce the basics of bioinformatics and help you dive straight into the belly of the computational beast. You’ll learn where to find publicly available data (your taxes paid for this!), and how to use this data to run a few common analyses to investigate questions about evolution, disease, and genomes. We’ll guide you through a real dataset to extract interesting details about life directly on your laptop and then help you explore your own questions!
No previous coding or science experience needed. Just curiosity and a laptop!
Your registration gets you access to the live Zoom class, along with a recording of the class to view afterwards.