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Overview

Modern biology generates massive quantities of big data. Hidden in this data might be the next blockbuster cancer therapy, the definitive proof that a certain gene is responsible for a disease, or the information needed to replicate a crucial biological process — and you could be on the team that discovers it.

Bioinformatics blends biology, computer science and mathematics and in this Bioinformatics MicroMasters program you’ll gain the cutting edge knowledge and experience that will give you significant career advantage in this fascinating field.

In this program, you will learn how to analyze DNA sequences to find mutations and anomalies, understand the important role protein structure plays in protein function and use statistical analysis tools, including R programming, to mine biological big data.

This program is ideal for those who want to learn more about the bioinformatics field and its effects on society at large or who would like to incorporate bioinformatics principles and tools into their laboratories.

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: DNA Sequences: Alignments and Analysis

Learn how to align and analyze DNA sequences using web and software based tools to find mutations and other anomalies in genes and genomic sequences.



Course 2: Proteins: Alignment, Analysis and Structure

Learn about proteins and the important role structure plays in their function as you learn how to analyze and align protein sequences.



Course 3: Statistical Analysis in Bioinformatics

Learn basic R programming to analyze biological big data to locate genes, perform simulations, and gauge the effect of specific markers.