Computers have revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives, including life science research. Unfortunately, a visit to most science classrooms would leave you with the impression that biology is only about microscopes and dissections. In fact, biology is in the middle of its biggest "revolution" as bioinformatics—the use of computing technologies to manage and understand biological data—changes how we understand everything from genomes to ecosystems.
This camp introduces the basic skills necessary for bioinformatics and will equip motivated students with knowledge that will serve them well beyond course participation. Enrolled students should bring an introductory knowledge of biology, but little to no knowledge of computer programming or bioinformatics is required. Basic typing proficiency and a strong interest in problem solving is recommended. Students will also learn basic molecular biology techniques with a hands-on laboratory to isolate and sequence DNA from biological samples; the data generated will be analyzed using common bioinformatics techniques, tools, and databases. Students will:
learn about and use the Linux operating system;
write computer programs in the Python programming language;
extract and sequence DNA samples in the lab using PCR;
manipulate and analyze DNA and protein sequence data; and
explore online biological sequence databases.
Grades: entering grades 11–12 and have taken DNA Science or have a high level of training in the sciences (documentation required)
Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.