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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 2020....

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Jul 12, 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.


Apr 27, 2017

Great course. All lectures provide a biological context for the tools you learn in the labs. The labs themselves provide a great introduction to the many tools available for bioinformatic analysis.

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By Shashank

Jul 22, 2020

Really worth the time you spend on this course.Instructor-Nick,is just awesome!

By Amrish S

Oct 28, 2019

It was very informative in terms of theoretical as well as practical knowledge.

By Sherif H A

May 03, 2020

One of the most useful moocs for starting bioinformatics, strongly recommended

By Deepthi p

Jun 08, 2020

course was in detail updated with clear lectures and with detail explanations

By Emma W

Jun 03, 2020

It's very helpful for me to understand the basic principals of bioinformatics

By Sam G

Dec 03, 2016

An excellent course that expands on previously known topics in life sciences.

By Marco A C S

Jun 15, 2020

The best course in the area! Amazing theoretical content and practical labs!

By Susan M

Jun 21, 2016

I am interested in RNA-seq data analysis and lecture 7 was superb. Thank you

By Niyati M S

Aug 15, 2020

In detail labs and lab discussions. Course material is very well explained.


Mar 15, 2019

very informative course for basic study of NCBI and phylogenetic studies

By Md. R A

Jun 09, 2020

Very informative course. But being more details could have been better.

By Claudia N L

May 13, 2020

This course has the best learning methods I've ever tried in Coursera!

By Mateusz J

Apr 08, 2020

Very well handled, straightforward information given by the lecturer.


Aug 17, 2019


By Arpan K B

Feb 02, 2018

Spectacular, just earned a degree in BioInfo 101. Thanks professor..

By César C C A

Sep 14, 2019

Very good. I learn a lot. The labs and tests were very interesting.

By Giovanny A

Nov 10, 2015

Excelente Curso, muy bueno, didactico y con excelentes aplicaciones

By Ruchira J

Jul 11, 2020

Excellent course, Thank you so much for this wonderful experience.

By Muhammad A K

Sep 02, 2019

Very informative, Excellent way of Teaching , I really enjoyed it.

By Nissi P M

Dec 11, 2017

Thankyou for the course... learnt a lot ie., very useful in future

By Saba A

Jul 15, 2020

It was designed very well and every lab was explained in detail

By Anupam b

Mar 22, 2019

yeah its good for all students, i think everyone must do that .

By Abigail G S

Jun 26, 2018

Excellent course ,excellent teacher, excellent actitivites.

By Ahmed A A s

Oct 05, 2017

Very useful for molecular biologists and easy to understand

By Sebastian M

Mar 19, 2017

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