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2021 summer talk (open to all):

Empowering Individuals through Coding for Medicine at a National Level

by Leo Zou Rising Senior at Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas.
July 14, 2021, 5-6 pm PST (7-8 pm CST/ 8-9 pm EST)
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Major News/Updates for 2021

1. Anne Grodjak, your favorite teaching assistant in last year's online classes, got accepted by MIT and will be joining in fall 2021. Anne was not only our student at Coding for Medicine, but she performed excellent research for two years under the supervision of Dr. Samanta and reported the findings in this paper. Anne is currently a senior at the Bellevue High School, Bellevue, WA.

2. Leo Zou and Athulya Saravanakumar, our last year's students from the Dulles High School in Sugarland, TX, started a Coding for Medicine club at their school. Their club is doing well with 9 members and is currently in its second quarter. If you are interested in starting a similar club at your school, let us discuss.

3. Our current plan for 2021 is to hold zoom/chat-based summer classes like in 2020. However, if the local regulations in the Seattle area change, we expect to offer our highly popular lab-based module ("Microbial Mysteries") in-person at Bellevue College.

Coding for Medicine in 7th Year

Coding for Medicine is an innovative organization dedicated to teach coding skills to young people based on real-life problems. Our primary areas are biology and medicine, but we also offer interesting modules like "Calculus Meets Coding" to teach calculus and coding together and "Catching Pokemon with Coding" to teach coding to the middle-school students.

Our highly favoured high-school summer camps are in seventh year now. This June, we are again offering online modules based on zoom/chat-based real time sessions.

Join the Genomics Revolution

Dramatic drop in DNA sequencing costs since the human genome project is revolutionizing biology and medicine. Tomorrow's doctors will need to have computational expertise to understand the genomic data, whereas tomorrow's computer scientists will find developing bioinformatics algorithms as their most exciting challenge. You get a glimpse of these advances by following the science of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Everything from developing rapid testing to tracing the global spread of the disease utilizes the genome sequence of the virus.

Coding for Medicine, in collaboration with Coding for Life Science, takes you to the center of that revolution. You will see how the worlds of computer scientists and medical doctors are merging together. We developed a set of courses to give young students the right skills to contribute to this fast-changing scientific world.

Here are our larger objectives.

  1. The living world is vast and full of mysteries. We like to generate interests among the budding scientists like you about the scientifically unexplored corners of the living world,
  2. Research in life sciences and medicine has become computer-intensive. We show you how to think using computers to solve such problems,
  3. We show you how to find open-source codes and biological data and teach you to use efficient collaborative tools like git/github. These skills are relevent for all areas of computing and not just life sciences.

Check here for our other activities.

  • Module 1. Introductory Coding for Medicine

    This hands on module introduces you to the Python programming language through a series of problem solving exercises. Additionally, you learn about the Linux operating system, where to get publicly available genomic data and NCBI BLAST search engine for DNA sequences.

    Just like last year, our this year's theme is coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). You will download its publicly available DNA sequences and write code to analyze it.

    Price

    $325

    Choice of Sessions

    1. June 7-11, 14-18 (10AM-12Noon CST)

    or,

    2. June 7-11, 14-18 (2-4PM CST)

    or,

    3. July 6-9, 12-16 (11AM-1:15PM CST) currently full

    or,

    4. July 6-9, 12-16 (3-5:15PM CST) currently full

    or,

    5. Aug 2-6, 9-13 (11AM-1PM CST) currently full

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  • Module 2. Intermediate Coding for Medicine

    In this hands on programming course, you will use your Python coding skills to explore genome sequences and find key genes, learn how to develop computer algorithms to analyze genomes and see the big picture of where the new cutting-edge jobs are created for the 21st century.

    After starting with the small coronavirus genome, you will explore the human genome to find information.

    Price

    $325

    Choice of Sessions

    1. June 21-25, June 28-July 2 (10AM-12Noon CST)

    or,

    2. July 19-23, 26-30 (11AM-1PM CST) currently full

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  • Module 3. Advanced Coding for Medicine

    This module designed for our returning students, who completed the Intermediate Coding for Medicine in previous years. They will work on research-type problems in two areas - gut microbiome and human ancestry. Students are expected to have strong skills in both coding and biology to join this module.

    Price

    $325

    Choice of Sessions

    1. June 21-25, June 28-July 2 (2-4PM CST)

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  • Module 4. Microbial Mysteries (biotech lab)

    There is a vast untapped microbial world around us. So far our discoveries have merely scratched its surface. Large-scale genomic sequencing is providing us the opportunity of probing this world at a depth and scale never before possible.

    Microbial Mysteries- a laboratory course will teach the students the skills and techniques of the biotechnology laboratory and how to use them to explore the microbial world. From learning to use the micropipettor and microscope students will grow and culture bacteria, extract genomic DNA, use PCR to amplify DNA and read sequence data.

    This in-person lab is open for Seattle-area residents only.

    Price

    $595

    Location

    Redmond Ridge Community Center

    Choice of Sessions

    July 19-23 (5 hours/day)

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  • Module 5. Statistical Concepts through Coding

    These days, all areas of science and technology require skills in analyzing large volume of data generated from high-throughput experiments. Data science is an emerging field at the intersection of computing, statistics and basic sciences. In this multi-week Fall module, you will take your first dive into data science.

    You will learn to use R programming language and apply it to solve cutting-edge problems in biology and medicine based on data science concepts. You will apply R for data processing, data visualization and statistical analysis. Moreover, R is a great tool to understand the basic statistical concepts through simulated experiments.

    Price

    TBD

    Choice of Sessions

    Fall 2021 (please register and let us know your preference)

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  • Module 6. Catching Pokemon with Coding

    This fun summer camp helps middle-schoolers learn to code in R by finding information on Pokemon. R is the premier language for data science and is used extensively by researchers. It is also really easy, and even the middle-schoolers have no problem learning it.

    Price

    $295

    Choice of Sessions

    TBD (please register and let us know your preference)

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