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An introduction to data integration and statistical methods used in contemporary Systems Biology, Bioinformatics and Systems Pharmacology research. The course covers methods to process raw data from genome-wide mRNA expression studies (microarrays and RNA-seq) including data normalization, differential expression, clustering, enrichment analysis and network construction. The course contains practical tutorials for using tools and setting up pipelines, but it also covers the mathematics behind the methods applied within the tools. The course is mostly appropriate for beginning graduate students and advanced undergraduates majoring in fields such as biology, math, physics, chemistry, computer science, biomedical and electrical engineering. The course should be useful for researchers who encounter large datasets in their own research. The course presents software tools developed by the Ma’ayan Laboratory (http://labs.icahn.mssm.edu/maayanlab/) from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, but also other freely available data analysis and visualization tools. The ultimate aim of the course is to enable participants to utilize the methods presented in this course for analyzing their own data for their own projects. For those participants that do not work in the field, the course introduces the current research challenges faced in the field of computational systems biology....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Course Overview and Introductions

The 'Introduction to Complex Systems' module discusses complex systems and leads to the idea that a cell can be considered a complex system or a complex agent living in a complex environment just like us. The 'Introduction to Biology for Engineers' module provides an introduction to some central topics in cell and molecular biology for those who do not have the background in the field. This is not a comprehensive coverage of cell and molecular biology. The goal is to provide an entry point to motivate those who are interested in this field, coming from other disciplines, to begin studying biology....
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3 videos (Total 52 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
Introduction to Cell Biology16m
Introduction to Molecular Biology19m
Reading4 readings
Course Logistics10m
Grading Policy10m
Resources and Links to Additional Materials10m
MATLAB License10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Introduction to Complex Systems20m
Introduction to Cell Biology18m
Introduction to Molecular Biology20m
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2 hours to complete

Topological and Network Evolution Models

In the 'Topological and Network Evolution Models' module, we provide several lectures about a historical perspective of network analysis in systems biology. The focus is on in-silico network evolution models. These are simple computational models that, based of few rules, can create networks that have a similar topology to the molecular networks observed in biological systems. ...
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4 videos (Total 45 min), 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
Duplication-Divergence and Network Motifs8m
Large Size Motifs and Complex Models of Network Evolution10m
Network Properties of Biological Networks11m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Rich-Get-Richer14m
Duplication-Divergence and Network Motifs16m
Large Size Motifs16m
Topological Properties of Biological Networks18m
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Types of Biological Networks

The 'Types of Biological Networks' module is about the various types of networks that are typically constructed and analyzed in systems biology and systems pharmacology. This lecture ends with the idea of functional association networks (FANs). Following this lecture are lectures that discuss how to construct FANs and how to use these networks for analyzing gene lists. ...
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4 videos (Total 58 min), 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
Genes2Networks and Network Visualization16m
Sets2Networks - Creating Functional Association Networks14m
Genes2FANs - Analyzing Gene Lists with Functional Association Networks14m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Types of Biological Networks16m
Genes2Networks and Network Visualization14m
Functional Association Networks with Sets2Networks16m
Functional Association Networks with Genes2FANs16m
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Data Processing and Identifying Differentially Expressed Genes

This set of lectures in the 'Data Processing and Identifying Differentially Expressed Genes' module first discusses data normalization methods, and then several lectures are devoted to explaining the problem of identifying differentially expressed genes with the focus on understanding the inner workings of a new method developed by the Ma'ayan Laboratory called the Characteristic Direction. ...
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5 videos (Total 41 min), 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Characteristic Direction Method - Part 18m
Characteristic Direction Method - Part 27m
Characteristic Direction Method - Part 310m
Characteristic Direction Method - Part 45m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Data Normalization14m
Characteristic Direction12m
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By FPJun 3rd 2016

Excellent course to get deep into the data analysis of system biology experimentation.

By CCApr 6th 2016

Its really a very interesting course ,and very informative

Instructor

Avi Ma’ayan, PhD

Director, Mount Sinai Center for Bioinformatics
Professor, Department of Pharmacological Sciences

About Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City is a leader in medical and scientific training and education, biomedical research and patient care....

About the Systems Biology and Biotechnology Specialization

Design systems-level experiments using appropriate cutting edge techniques, collect big data, and analyze and interpret small and big data sets quantitatively. The Systems Biology Specialization covers the concepts and methodologies used in systems-level analysis of biomedical systems. Successful participants will learn how to use experimental, computational and mathematical methods in systems biology and how to design practical systems-level frameworks to address questions in a variety of biomedical fields. In the final Capstone Project, students will apply the methods they learned in five courses of specialization to work on a research project....
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