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Explore Genetic Diversity in All Life-forms Using Python
Shikhar Gupta
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Explore Genetic Diversity in All Life-forms Using Python

Embark on an enlightening journey exploring the intricacies of DNA structure, learn about DNA sequencing techniques and gain hands-on experience using Python and other Bioinformatics frameworks to understand how genomic data captures the mysteries of life.

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8 weeks, 2-3 hours per week
Intermediate
No experience required
No experience required
Some experience required
Degree and experience required

Description

Embark on an exciting journey into the world of genetics and explore how different species evolve and defend against viruses. In this project, we'll focus on bacteria and archaea, studying their amazing defense system called CRISPR-Cas. By analyzing genetic data, you'll learn how to uncover the secrets of evolution. Through hands-on activities, you'll gain practical skills in genetics, data analysis, and bioinformatics, which are essential for entry-level roles in genetics research and data analysis. These skills are in high demand in today's competitive job market, supporting crucial advancements in fields like healthcare, agriculture, and biotechnology in the United States.

Session timeline

  • Applications open
    March 11, 2024
  • Application deadline
    April 7, 2024
  • Project start date
    Week of July 8, 2024
    Week of
    April 22, 2024
  • Project end date
    Week of

What you will learn

  • Identify patterns in genomic data
  • Explain how bacteria and archaea defend against viruses
  • Use basic bioinformatics tools
  • Analyze data related to gene editing technology
  • Discuss real-world applications of gene editing
Build Projects are 8-week experiences that operate on a rolling basis. Selected participants engage in weekly live workshops with a Build Fellow and 2-15 other students.

Project workshops

1
Introduction
2
Basics of DNA structure and function
3
DNA sequencing (Sanger and SBS)
4
DNA sequencing (Beyond NGS)
5
CRISPR-Cas Introduction
6
Bioinformatics Analysis with Jupyter Notebooks - 1
7
Bioinformatics Analysis with Jupyter Notebooks - 2
8
Final Presentation

Prerequisites

  • Molecular Biology Basics: Understanding DNA and RNA structure and functions, including replication and transcription
  • Data Analysis Skills: Ability to analyze data using statistical concepts like mean, standard deviation, and histogram plotting
  • Visual Communication Proficiency: Capability to create informative visuals using tools like PowerPoint or Google Slides for effective presentation
  • Basic Programming Competence: Entry-level programming skills, preferably in Python, for data manipulation and analysis tasks

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Shikhar Gupta is a Bioinformatics Build Fellow at Open Avenues Foundation, where he works with students leading projects in the field of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology.

Shikhar is a Systems Integration and R&D Engineer at Volta Labs Inc. where he works on integrating genomic applications on the Volta Labs fluidics platform and develops new automated biochemical workflows.

Before Volta Labs and Open Avenues, he spent 5 years working as a Scientific Researcher at Institute for Soft Matter Physics in Leipzig, Germany understanding the mechanism of bacterial immunity. He holds a degree in Biophysics.

A fun fact about Shikhar: I like to train for long-distance runs, enjoy reading about enlightenment philosophy and innovation and love dancing to Bollywood beats 🙂

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