Genetics (BLY 302)
An introduction to both classical and modern genetic concepts and theory with an emphasis
on problem solving. Topics covered include transmission genetics, molecular genetics,
and evolutionary genetics. After completing this course, students should have a general
understanding of concepts including, but not limited to: Heritability, Mapping, DNA
replication, Transcription, Translation, Gene Expression, Quantitative and Population
Genetics Computational Genetics (BLY 445)
The sequencing of whole genomes and the analysis of genetic information continues
to fundamentally change biological and medical research. Recent advances in high-throughput
sequencing have generated massive amounts of largely untapped genetic information.
Unfortunately the people best suited to interpret this data (biologically trained
researchers) are commonly discouraged by their own perceived computational limitations.
As a result, many laboratories now employ full time programmers to complement their
research further fueling an unnecessary, and often inhibitory, disconnect between
the biology and informatics data. Today an ever growing wealth of online datasets,
mining and analysis interfaces, and publicly available software makes informatics
no longer restricted to programmers. Utilizing the principle online resources employed
by researchers today, this course will provide advanced undergraduate and graduate
students with a solid bioinformatic foundation as well as the competency to independently
evaluate emerging resources in the future.
Advanced Bioinformatics (BLY 490)
This is an advanced course for upper level undergraduates typically taken as the second
part of a series following completion of Computational Genetics - BLY 445. This course
introduces students to (1) basic Java programming and (2) supercomputer utilization
via interfacing with the Alabama Super Computer Authority. This course employs an
active learning model in which students develop proficiency with these techniques
through performing a collaborative research analysis.
Bioinformatics of Genetics. (BLY 545)
The sequencing of whole genomes and the analysis
of genetic information continues fundamentally change biological and medical research.
Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing have generated massive amounts of largely
untapped genetic information. Utilizing the principal online resources employed by
researchers today, this course will provide graduate students with a solid bioinformatic
foundation to analyze current sequencing data sets, as well as the competency to independently
evaluate emerging computational resources in the future.