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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....

Top reviews


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 Shruthi K S

Jun 03, 2017

Nicely explained and the lab assignments are informative.

By MD. A A

May 07, 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 13, 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 E S

Mar 09, 2020

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

By Facundo R

Apr 29, 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 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

By Filipa P

Mar 01, 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 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

Jan 08, 2018

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

By Jose R

Jul 16, 2020

Great balance of theory and practical work.

By Pedro C R

Jan 31, 2018

Very well explained, intuitive and usefull!

By Shuvam S

Jul 19, 2020

It helped me a lot.

Thanks a lot, Dr.Nick!

By Noor M

Jan 28, 2018

excellent course will recommend it to all

By Chui-Boon J

Nov 05, 2019

It is a good basic course for beginner.

By Prakash V C

Nov 24, 2015

This is an absolutely fantastic course!

By Kodithuwakku A D T L W

Jun 18, 2020

one of the best course. I enjoyed lot.