Bioinformatics MOOC

Bioinformatics MOOC

The sequencing of the human genome a decade ago fueled a computational revolution in biology, which has arguably been an impetus for more new algorithms than any other fundamental realm of science. The newly formed links between computer science and biology affect the way we teach computational ideas to biologists, as well as how applied algorithms are taught to computer scientists.

Genome sequencing is just one of hundreds of biological problems that have become inextricable from the computational methods required to solve them. In this course, we will take a look at some of the algorithmic ideas that are fundamental to an understanding of modern biology. Computational concepts like dynamic programming and graph theory will help us explore algorithms applied to a wide range of biological topics, from finding regulatory motifs to reconstructing the tree of life. Throughout the process, we will apply real bioinformatics algorithms to real genetic data.

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I graduated in applied math

by MarkTJS

Waste of a degree for directly finding a job (unless you're smart and unlazy -- I'm neither), but employers seemed to like the fact that I had the analytical foundation.
You can do programming (I'm a db programmer) or analysis, but it's best to get some experience in a particular field. A math degree alone isn't as good as a math degree with statistics, economics, accounting, business, biology (bioinformatics) for most of the jobs out there.
If I could do it all over again, I'd skip the applied math (physics), and do straight math with a minor in statistics. Then I would have learned some SAS.
-Mark

What's more valuable in computer industry?bioinf

by Jibberboosh

Hello,
I will be attending a new university [UCSC] starting this fall and since I have only 2 years left for my bachelors I need to come up with a game plan. Basically, it’s between getting a degree in computer science with a minor in bioinformatics, OR getting a degree in c.s. and then going straight for master. What do you think is valued more by the employers? If I go for the masters what concentration would be the best? I was thinking either system programming or multimedia. Same thing with a minor, what is in demand right now?
P.S. I know there are a lot of people who believe the computer science field is dead and all jobs are getting shipped off to India; assume that I’m not changing my major, simply because I’m a die-hard computer geek.
Thank you in advance.

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Such jobs may also involve computer use and programming, public speaking, the reading and interpretation of research literature, writing, and the babysitting of electronic equipment and other hardware. A history degree could be good intellectual groundwork for a career in this field, given that 'biotech' grows out of the exploration of organisms that are essentially the outcomes and living records of millions of years of trial and error historical-biological events

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Is it worth it to get a Masters in Bioinformatics?

It depends. First of all, bioinformatics is a really hot topic right now and from that point of view: Yes. Especially in you are a biology graduate.
On the other hand, what you will do in Bioinformatics will involve mostly Statistics and Data Mining, so if you are a Math/CS graduate you can study something like that that will broaden your perspective and at the same time allow you to do bioinformatics.

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