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Bioinformatics and Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques

April 19-21, 2001

Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA

workshop presented by:

The Southwest Biotechnology and Informatics Center


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The Bioinformatics and Advanced Molecular Biology Techniques workshop was held on the Fort Valley State University campus April 19-21, 2001. It attracted university faculty, staff and graduate students in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry and animal science, as well as faculty, staff and graduate students from other regional universities. The workshop provided an overview of bioinformatics, advanced molecular biology techniques, and the bioinformatics/computational molecular biology tools available for use over the Internet.

The workshop enabled participants to:

  • become familiar with the basics of bioinformatics and recent advances in molecular biology techniques.
  • become familiar with the most commonly used nucleic acid and protein databases and analysis tools on the Internet.
  • participate in hands-on computer labs to practice the use of these tools.
  • learn skills that will allow them to explore and exploit the more specific tools that may be useful to their own projects.

The workshop agenda is available to view the specific topics areas presented along with the days and times of each presentation.

Thursday,
April 19, 2001
   

8:45 - 9:00
Workshop Overview
Sherri Clark
Dr. Fred Hutchinson

9:00 - 9:10
Opening Remarks and Introductions

Sherri Clark

9:10 - 9:40
Biological Information Review

Sherri Clark

9:40 - 10:10
Bioinformatics and Bioinformatics Tools

John Spalding

10:10 - 10:40
Database Technologies and Biodatabases

John Spalding

11:00 - 12:30

Computer Lab:

Information and Sequence Searches

Sequence Data Manipulation

Basic BLAST

Survey Bioinformatics Sites/Tools
 

1:30 - 2:30
Sequence Similarity Searching

John Spalding

2:30 - 3:30
The Informatics of Biological Molecules

Rick Bernstein & Sherri Clark

3:50 - 5:45

Computer Lab:

Sequence Similarity Searching with:

  • Advanced BLAST
  • FASTA
  • Smith-Waterman
  • PSI-BLAST

Sequence Searches for Patterns and Functions

 

Friday,
April 20, 2001
   

8:30 - 9:15
DNA Sequencing Techniques and Project Management

Pete Lammers

9:15 - 9:45
Whole Genome Sequencing: Assembly & Web-Based Viewers

Pete Lammers

9:45 - 10:30
High Throughput Biology: Genomics, Proteomics,
and Expression Profiling

Pete Lammers

10:50 - 12:30

Computer Lab:

Sequence Searches for Patterns and Functions (continued)

Genome Information Viewing Tools
 

1:30 - 2:15

Multiple Sequence Alignment

John Spalding

2:15 - 3:35

Molecular Phylogenetics

Rick Bernstein

3:55 - 5:45

Computer Lab:

Multiple Sequence Alignment

Molecular Phylogenetics
 

Saturday,
April 21, 2001
   

8:30 - 9:45
Protein Structure Display and Manipulation

Rick Bernstein

John Spalding

10:05 - 12:00

Computer Lab:

Structure Display and Manipulation
 

1:00 - 2:00
Predicting Protein Structure

Rick Bernstein

2:00 - 2:55
Using Bioinformatics Tools on Local Computers

John Spalding

3:15 - 4:45

Computer Lab:

Structure PredictionReview and Practice
 

4:45 - 5:00
Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Sherri Clark

Evaluations indicated that the majority of the participants felt the workshop was either "excellent" or "good". The following are comments from participants regarding the workshop:

  • "Very informative and educational"
  • "Stimulated interest in bioinformatics"
  • "Computer software skills part was very exciting and should be helpful in our work for databases."
  • "The materials and presentations were great. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. I learned a tremendous amount over the three days of the workshop."
  • "Look forward for more learning"

Workshop Photo Album

 

 
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