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About the Course

What is a genome? A genome contains all of the information that a cell needs to develop, function, and reproduce itself, and all the information needed for those cells to come together to form a person, plant, or animal. Genomes contain an organism’s complete set of genes, and also the even tinier genetic structures that help regulate when and how those genes are used. The ability to regrow a torn ligament, the clues that might predict the onset of mental illness, the nutritional potential of crops, and even the history of life itself, are all encoded in genomes. By taking this course, you will discover how scientists are deciphering the language of genomes to learn how to develop sustainable food and fuel supplies, improve disease treatment and prevention, and protect our environment. Professor Robinson is the main instructor for this course. In addition, each module features several guest instructors. These guest instructors come from diverse fields of study—biology, physics, computer science, and many others—and pursue diverse research goals, yet they share a common interest in genomic approaches and technologies. The guest instructors include: - Elizabeth (Lisa) Ainsworth, Associate Professor of Plant Biology - Mark Band, Director of the Functional Genomics Facility - Alison Bell, Associate Professor of Animal Biology - Jenny Drnevich, Functional Genomics Bioinformatics Specialist with High-Performance Biological Computing - Christopher Fields, Associate Director of High-Performance Biological Computing - Bruce Fouke, Director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center - Glenn Fried, Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology Core Facilities - Nigel Goldenfeld, Professor of Physics - Brendan Harley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - Alvaro Hernandez, Director of the High-Throughput Sequencing and Genotyping Facility - Victor Jongeneel, former NCSA Director of Bioinformatics and former Director of High-Performance Biological Computing - Kingsley Boateng, Senior Research Specialist with the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology Core Facilities - Stephen Long, Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences - Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor of African American Studies - William Metcalf, Professor of Microbiology - Karen Sears, Assistant Professor of Animal Biology - Saurabh Sinha, Associate Professor of Computer Science - Lisa Stubbs, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology - Rachel Whitaker, Associate Professor of Microbiology - Derek Wildman, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology - Peter Yau, Director of the Protein Sciences Facility...

Top reviews

Dec 17, 2020

This course helped me better understand genomics. The instructors used simple language and were easy to understand. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested.

Aug 2, 2020

Hello, myself Mili Patel\n\nI really enjoyed this course. All in this course satisfying and just want to say it's beyond my expectation.\n\nThank you.... 🙂

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By Arturo C M

Feb 27, 2020

Easy to understand, with a good variety of topics taught by fine researchers.

By Sreshtha N

Nov 27, 2020

Got to learn a lot of stuff! Interesting quizzes and discussion forums.

By Joshua A Y

Dec 11, 2021

A​wesome course that gives you in-depth knowledge about genomics


Mar 2, 2021

really very helpful course for understanding genomics thoroughly

By Nwodo I Z

May 4, 2020

Very insightful course... highly experienced lecturers.

By Sanjay K

Jul 30, 2020

this was nice experience from this course

By Ranjan D

Apr 7, 2019

This course was really helpful for me.


May 6, 2020


By Mudit S

Jul 1, 2020

Amazing Course, Detailed yet simple.

By Pooja D

Jul 15, 2020

very good course and informative

By Debasmita P

Jul 7, 2020

An amazing learning experience.

By Mehak

Jun 17, 2020

It was a great experience!


Oct 7, 2020

very useful course

By Rita G L S

Apr 5, 2021

Amazing course!!!

By Shubhamoy D

Jul 5, 2020

very good course


May 31, 2020

good excellent

By Sinchan N

Apr 19, 2020

Amazing course

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Jan 6, 2022


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By Malshi O G

Oct 13, 2019

really good

By amisha a

Apr 19, 2018

Best course

By Jayanti G

Dec 27, 2020

Thank you

By Anna G

Jul 10, 2020

very good

By Anurup M

Apr 17, 2020