Module - Introductory Coding for Medicine

Overview

In this introductory coding camp, you will -

  • help mushroom hunters stay away from poisonous mushrooms,
  • learn to identify living organisms from their sequences and be introduced to the “google” for DNA data,
  • code in Python programming language,
  • see how coding helps in modern biology and medicine,
  • download the DNA sequence of SARS-CoV-2 coronovirus from public databases,
  • develop computer algorithms to analyze DNA and protein sequences.

Skills You Acquire

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

Prerequisite

None. Limited to advanced middle schoolers and high schoolers.

Class Style

The classes will be conducted through online interactive chat session.

Sessions

1. JUNE 7-11, 14-18 (10AM-12NOON CST)
2. JUNE 7-11, 14-18 (2-4PM CST)
3. JULY 6-9, 12-16 (11AM-1:15PM CST)
4. JULY 6-9, 12-16 (3-5:15PM CST)
5. AUG 2-6, 9-13 (11AM-1PM CST)

(Ten classes of two hours each)

Cost

$325

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Class Description

Sessions Topics
Day 1 NCBI BLAST (search engine for DNA and protein sequences), Introduction to Python - variables, code structure, lists.
Day 2 Public databases for DNA sequence, Python - conditional statements.
Day 3 Python - loops and functions.
Day 4 Writing small programs in Python, find patterns in DNA sequence.
Day 5 Reading exernal data and files. Introduction to Linux.
Day 6-10 Problem solving and project on SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

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These registrations do not require any payment, and you register to only reserve your priority in the queue. After you register, we will send you payment link by private email.