The goal of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Course in Programming for Biology is to provide biologists with the advanced knowledge and programming tools they need to deal with the genomic information explosion. Complementary to training in web tools such as BLAST, this course teaches researchers how to manage, analyze and display large data sets by creating programs, databases, and other software systems that combine existing and custom tools and platforms. Beginning with an intensive training in procedural Perl programming, this 14 day course follows with object-oriented Perl, the BioPerl library and state-of-the-art Next Generation Sequence analysis tools and methods. We emphasize the design and implementation of complex analysis pipelines that directly address a biologist's research questions using practical software engineering and scientific computing methods. The course combines formal lectures with extensive hands-on laboratories in which students solve a series of computational problem sets drawn from common scenarios in biology research and data management. In a three-day final project that solidifies the course's teachings, students pose real-life problems using their own data and work in groups with faculty to solve them.

Public Health Relevance

The Programming for Biology Course is an intensive course designed to give biologists the bioinformatics skills necessary to contribute to biological research via the use of computer programming for data organization and mining, and experimental design and analysis. The course combines formal lectures with extensive hands-on laboratories in which students solve a series of computational problem sets drawn from common scenarios in biology research and data management.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Type
Education Projects (R25)
Project #
1R25HG007825-01
Application #
8738930
Study Section
Ethical, Legal, Social Implications Review Committee (GNOM)
Program Officer
Wellington, Christopher
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Cold Spring Harbor
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
11724