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About the Course

Large-scale biology projects such as the sequencing of the human genome and gene expression surveys using RNA-seq, microarrays and other technologies have created a wealth of data for biologists. However, the challenge facing scientists is analyzing and even accessing these data to extract useful information pertaining to the system being studied. This course focuses on employing existing bioinformatic resources – mainly web-based programs and databases – to access the wealth of data to answer questions relevant to the average biologist, and is highly hands-on. Topics covered include multiple sequence alignments, phylogenetics, gene expression data analysis, and protein interaction networks, in two separate parts. The first part, Bioinformatic Methods I (this one), deals with databases, Blast, multiple sequence alignments, phylogenetics, selection analysis and metagenomics. The second part, Bioinformatic Methods II, covers motif searching, protein-protein interactions, structural bioinformatics, gene expression data analysis, and cis-element predictions. This pair of courses is useful to any student considering graduate school in the biological sciences, as well as students considering molecular medicine. Both provide an overview of the many different bioinformatic tools that are out there. These courses are based on one taught at the University of Toronto to upper-level undergraduates who have some understanding of basic molecular biology. If you're not familiar with this, something like might be helpful. No programming is required for this course. Bioinformatic Methods I is regularly updated, and was completely updated for January 2023....

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Jul 11, 2020

This course is very well organized, easy to understand, and explained everything steps by step which will help to grasp the concept easily. If you are a beginner like me, you should take this course.


Nov 2, 2021

Bioinformatics 1 was very interesting and enlightening for me. I learnt practical skills which I can now apply in to ace an impactful career. Thank you so much Coursera for this amazing opportunity!

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By sebastian m

Mar 19, 2017

Great course easy to follow highly recommend it. Thank you.

By Ahmed H

Nov 19, 2018

Very comprehensive and equipped with all basic techniques.

By Dr. R R E

Sep 4, 2017

This course gives good knowledge in Bioinformatics basics.

By Amal E

Jul 24, 2019

really excellent for beginners very simple very effective

By Shruthi K S

Jun 2, 2017

Nicely explained and the lab assignments are informative.

By MD. A A

May 7, 2020

Effective hands on training for bioinformatics beginners

By Berkley W

Apr 27, 2020

Great refresher or introduction to the advanced student.

By Lucas E

Apr 12, 2018

A great course with great contents! You should take it!

By Sabahat S

Sep 12, 2020

overall content and teaching were more than excellent

By aya s

Mar 9, 2020

Magnificent... I'm grateful to these awesome efforts

By Facundo R

Apr 28, 2016

Very useful for a wide variety of biologist profiles

By subrahmanyam g

Sep 20, 2020

This course is very useful newly learning students.

By Zhao Y

Oct 29, 2015

the instructor is really harsh, don't piss him off!

By Solomon o

Aug 24, 2021

Standard training and flexible learning schedule.

By Hewan D

Apr 21, 2020

Thank you so much for your well-organized course.

By Md. S H

Dec 13, 2018

Just wow! The speciality is the discussion forums


Jan 5, 2021

I love it. Very useful on my thesis and college.

By Filipa P

Mar 1, 2020

Amazing well done course! Really recommend! :-)

By Chun-Jou H

May 30, 2016

Very organized. The labs are extremely helpful!

By Sandeep K

Jun 30, 2018

Best course to learn basics of bioinformatics.

By Elena S

Jan 30, 2016

It's a very useful course, very well explained

By Raghavendra G

Jun 22, 2021

Lab instructions and lectures were very good

By Angana B

Jun 21, 2020

Learnt a lot from this session. Very useful!

By Jehanne C

Apr 12, 2020

Très bonne introduction à la bioinformatique

By Aparna R

Jan 8, 2018

awesome course... learned a lot... thank you