2023-2024 Undergraduate General Catalog

BIOL 109 Comparative Microbial Bioinformatics Research in Costa Rica

Students conduct a comparative study of microbes using computational biology (bioinformatics) tools. The course focusses on microbial bioinformatics because microbes are central to all environments on the planet, drive biogeochemical cycles, and perform functions vital to all life forms. Students are introduced to Joint Genome Institute's (JGI) Integrated Microbial Genomes and Microbiomes (IMG/M) platform. Working in teams once in Costa Rica, students conduct comparative bioinformatics research, generate an original research question, and use their new-found expertise in microbial bioinformatics tools to address that question. Offered Summer only and includes a 10-day experience in Costa Rica.



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