Welcome to ABC - the web site of Applied Bioinformatics Course. We'll learn,
step by step, the ABCs of:
- How to access various bioinformatics resources on the Internet.
- How to query and search biological databases.
- How to use bioinformatics tools to analyze your own DNA or protein sequences.
- How to construct a phylogenetic tree for the bunch of sequences at your hand.
- How to predict the three dimensional structure of your favorite protein.
And lots more!
How we learn
We will run the course in a training room. Each student will have a PC connected into the Internet. We start with
introducing the international bioinformatics resources around the world, for example,
NCBI and EBI.
We then use the
bioinformatics platform developed by CBI,
to get familiar with dozens of bioinformatics tools through hands-on practice.
We will do a lot of exercises for sequence alignment,
database similarity search, motif finding, gene prediction, as well as phylogenetic
tree construction and molecular modeling. Finally, we will focus on several
projects to solve real biological problems. You
are encouraged to bring your own problems to discuss and, hopefully,
to solve during the course!
You may read
a brief introduction
(in Chinese) of the course, or read the article
Teaching the ABC of Bioinformatics
(in English), or
(in Chinese) for more details.
What you need before the course
- A desktop PC or laptop hooked to the Internet.
- Good background of biochemistry and molecular biology - you may try the
(self-test) to see how good at it you are.
- Ability to read in English such as the contents of this page.
- At least three hours every week to have group discussions and to stick on
the Internet to do
What you gain from the course
Don't expect to become a bioinformatics expert at the end of the course, but you will know:
Half day on the Web, saves you half month in the lab!