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Perl 201. Advanced Perl for Bioinformatics

Perl 201 is an advanced level course and the 5 modules together describe the tools and techniques that are currently used in the industry for such diverse tasks as genome annotation, comparative genomics, new target identification and so on. During the course students will be required to read and analyze scientific papers on Bioinformatics and Genomics and complete assignments in Genomics and programming. The entire course can be completed in a self-paced manner in 8-10 months.

Perl 201 covers the basic aspects of Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics and Genomics and students will therefore get ample opportunity to understand the biology behind Bioinformatics during the course of the training. Students can choose to take modules based on their background and current skills. The entire course can be completed in a self-paced manner in 6-8 months.

Advanced Perl for Bioinformatics covers the following topics:

§ Module 1: Elements of Perl programming

§ Module 2: Sequence analysis with web-based tools

§ Module 3: Perl/BioPerl programming for sequence analysis

§ Module 4: Perl/BioPerl for database access (Ensembl, ACEDB, Flybase, ...)

§ Module 5: MySQL/Oracle database design and development with Perl

Perl 201 readies students to apply the powerful in-built libraries and regular  expression capabilities of Perl to perform a wide variety of tasks encountered during Bioinformatics research such as mining differential gene expression data from genome wide platforms, viz., Affymetrix Genechip, MPSS (Massively Parallel 
Signature Sequencing), etc.; for preparation of data for analysis with Spotfire (viz., principal component analysis and clustering); to extract corroborative pathway data from a vast array of (proprietary and) public resources (such as Pubmed, EntrezGene/Locuslink, RefSeq, GO, Ensembl, etc.) and tools (viz., Blast, Genscan, etc., to name a few).