Course Description

410.734 - Practical Introduction to Metagenomics

The emerging field of metagenomics allows for the study of entire communities of microorganisms at once, with far-reaching applications in a wide array of fields such as medicine, agriculture and bioremediation. Students will learn the principles of metagenomics through exploration of published project data and guided readings of recent literature. Using data from the Human Microbiome Project, students will explore practical analysis tasks including sequence assembly, gene prediction and annotation, metabolic reconstruction, taxonomic community profiling and more. Pre-requisites: 410.601 Biochemistry, 410.602 Molecular Biology; 410.634 Practical Computer Concepts for Bioinformatics