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    8 Weeks
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  • Language:
    English
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Prerequisites

Undergraduate biology

About this course

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Proteins play a very important role in all organisms. In fact, most of the work that happens inside every cell happens because a specific protein is employed for a specific task. Often the three-dimensional shape of a protein plays a major role in its function. As such, it is important to know the structure of all proteins to have an idea of what function they perform.

One of the jobs of a bioinformatician is to predict the three-dimensional structure of a protein using only the DNA sequence that encodes it as well as determining the effects of any mutations in the DNA on the three-dimensional structure/function.

In this course, part of the Bioinformatics MicroMasters program, you will learn about protein structure and its impact on function, practice aligning protein sequences to discover differences, and generate model structures of proteins using web and software-based approaches.

This course is part of the Bioinformatics MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Biotechnology with a specialization in Bioinformatics without any application process or testing. See the MicroMasters program page for more.

What you'll learn

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  • Analyze biological big data
  • How to align protein sequences to discover differences and determine structure
  • Generate model structures of unknown proteins

Meet your instructors

James Coker
Associate Professor and Program Chair, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs Specializations
University of Maryland Global Campus

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Frequently asked questions

Important Information

Thank you for your interest in the MicroMasters Program in Bioinformatics. Please note that this program is being discontinued. No courses will be offered after December 2020. The schedule for the final offering of each course in this program is provided below. In order to transfer these courses to UMGC, you will need to purchase the Verified Certificate, complete, and pass all 3 courses. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  1. DNA Sequences: Alignments & Analysis - 7/14/20 - 9/8/20
  2. Proteins: Alignment, Analysis & Structure - 9/22/20 - 11/17/20
  3. Statistical Analysis in Bioinformatics - 12/1/20 - 1/26/21

How long does a student have to apply to and complete the full UMGC degree?

To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters program, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.

Who can take this course?

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