Over the past few decades there has been tremendous progress in the ability to sequence genomic information and gather vast quantities of data related to the molecular processes within cells. As a result, biology has now become an information science, with computational, mathematical, and statistical techniques all playing a critical role in discovering new biology, improving medicine, and understanding how life evolves and works.

In this course, we will discuss the application of computational algorithms to important problems in biology and medicine. The first half of the course will provide a broad overview of bioinformatics and discuss some exciting, cutting-edge topics in bioinformatics. In the second half, participants will learn how genomic sequence information can be used to reconstruct the evolutionary histories of the millions of species on Earth.

Participants will learn how to download and assemble their own sequence datasets and will learn how to apply computational algorithms to reconstruct the evolutionary relationships between their species of interest. This hands-on activity can be easily replicated in high-school classrooms.

Fellowships Available: Zero (0)

Recommended For:

This workshop is highly recommended for Biology and Math teachers.

Host Department Major: Computer Science and Engineering


Dr. Mukul Bansal

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Connecticut