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Implementing Bioinformatics in Introductory Undergraduate Biology Courses:
Exploring Microbiology, Molecular Data and Visualization

January 3-6, 2007
San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego -- La Jolla, CA


Now Accepting Applications

  • Nov 27 – application deadline
  • Nov 30 – decisions emailed to applicants
  • Dec 15 – registration fee due
For more information, please contact
Sue Risseeuw
( 608-363-2012 )

Bioinformatics impacts biology in many areas including medicine, agriculture, conservation, and evolution. This workshop will introduce resources for learning how the analysis of microbial genomes, molecular sequence and structural data can address a wide range of biological problems.  We will explore the role of evolutionary theory as a context for interpreting comparative analyses and making inferences about structural and functional similarities. The workshop includes a variety of hands-on sessions that use a research questions to model strategies for engaging students in deep learning opportunities. This approach incorporates problem posing, problem-solving, and peer review/publication (BioQUEST's 3 P's).

This workshop provides opportunities:

  • to collaborate in the development of curricular activities for microbiology, introductory biology or bioinformatics courses;
  • to integrate the use of molecular data and tools into the undergraduate biology curriculum;
  • to engage in tree-thinking and phylogenetic hypothesis testing;
  • to develop a better idea of the kinds of questions educators have with respect to teaching and learning bioinformatics;
  • to consider problem solving approaches for undergraduate bioinformatics education and research; and,
  • to explore data visualization tools and techniques.
STEP Teachers Trained at SDSC

For college teachers of biology who are interested in incorporating bioinformatics into their courses, as well as mathematicians and computer scientists who are interested in teaching bioinformatics or computational molecular biology and interacting with biologists. The only prerequisite is an interest in using bioinformatics in your classroom.

Please see the tentative schedule for additional information about the course content.

What you'll take away with you:

  • two books featuring a subset of bioinformatics activities: Microbes Count! (2006) and Biological Inquiry (2005);
  • familiarity with online resources including tools, datasets, problem spaces, simulations;
  • access to all participant projects presented in the workshop.

Registration fee is $225 for applications received by November 27th, and $285 for late applications received before December 8, 2006. The fee is due December 15th. Information about how to pay the registration fee will be included with notification about acceptance into the workshop.

Registration covers most meals, handout materials and the program.  All participants are also provided a 1 GB flash drive as part of the workshop. Laptop computers are optional but recommended for maximum participation and learning.

Activities will include:

  • using online analysis tools including - Biology Workbench, Protein Data Bank, National Center for Biotechnology Information, and ESTEEM Modules;
  • working with sequence and structure data from online from BEDROCK Problem Spaces (e.g., HIV evolution, West Nile Virus, and Citrus Canker);
  • discussions of strategies for engaging students with bioinformatics problem solving;
  • exploring the role of data visualization in biological research.

The San Diego Supercomputer Center’s (SDSC) mission is to innovate, develop and deploy technology to advance science.  SDSC is involved in an extensive set of collaborations and activities at the intersection of technology and science whose purpose is to enable and facilitate the next generation of scientific advances. Founded in 1985 and primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), SDSC is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego.


Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE/CCLI-ND), the
San Diego Supercomputer Center
and the

BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium