Bioinformatics
Certificate Program

Bioinformatics

Where biology meets Big Data
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Navneet Kaur

"They focused not only on theoretical knowledge, but also on how you use this knowledge in solving a problem at the molecular level."
Navneet Kaur

Program Description

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Get a computational and scientific foundation. This program is designed in consultation with industry leaders to meet the need for biologists and computer scientists to analyze and interpret today’s deluge of biological information. Tailor your studies to your particular needs and interests while learning the tools and methods of bioinformatics. Life scientists delve into data tech and computer scientists gain a background in molecular biology.

Bioinformatics certificate program objectives:

  • Use public domain bioinformatics tools, including Genbank and PBD
  • Employ statistical design of experiment (SDOE) to analyze experimental data and factors affecting outputs
  • Distinguish key molecular biology techniques—gene cloning, manipulation and sequencing; PCR; RNA interference; and gene expression analysis
  • Complete a computational biology project using Java
  • Recognize sequence analysis techniques such as Hidden Markov Models and RNA analysis
  • Query and read DNA sequences from Fasta files

Curriculum: Total Required: 6–7 courses/16 units. Take 3 core courses (9 units) and 3–4 elective credit courses (7 units). End with certificate of completion review.

Time Commitment: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 12 months.

Estimated Cost: $6,000

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Courses

Curriculum: Total Required: 6–7 courses/16 units. Take 3 core courses (9 units) and 3–4 elective credit courses (7 units). End with certificate of completion review.

Prerequisite(s):

Units: 5.0 BINF.X404
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Elective Courses

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Units: 3.0 BTEC.X405
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Units: 2.0 BINF.X402
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Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Molecular Biology Knowledge: Each course requires a familiarity with the principles of modern molecular biology such as an introductory course in molecular biology taken in the last five years or equivalent professional experience.

Statistics Knowledge: To take Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Bioinformatics and Biomedical Applications, you need an understanding of both probability and statistics. UCSC Extension offers Statistics.

Program Chair

EDWARD ROZHON, Ph.D., chair of the Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, and Clinical Trials Design and Management programs, has had a long career in the biopharmaceutical industry as a contributor to the development of drugs to treat viral and autoimmune diseases, as well as several types of cancer. He has worked in both nonclinical and clinical areas of drug development, in the global pharmaceutical and biotech industry, in a contract research organization to support clinical research as well as in academia. He retired from Genentech in 2014 as a senior manager of clinical trials for autoimmune, infectious, and ophthalmologic diseases. On completing his doctorate at Indiana University, he pursued post-doctoral training in neurovirology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and at Northwestern University School of Medicine and was subsequently appointed to a faculty position in microbiology and immunology. He has taught courses in drug development and virology at UCSC Extension since 2001.

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