“The aim of this course is to provide participants with an introduction to the field of bioinformatics. The focus is on impotant bioinformatics tools and the facilitation of access to informatics infrastructure by developing or providing access to pipelines and tools for human, microbiome and pathogen genomic data analysis,” NUST Senior Lecturer in DNAS, Dr Lamech Mwapagha said.
The training event was attended by participants with backgrounds in molecular biology, biochemistry or genetics. “It was a very informative course and so timely for me as I am currently analysing sequence data,” explained a NUST PhD Candidate in Microbial Ecology, Elise Nghalipo.
Among the topics covered during the course were the Introduction to Databases and Resources; Linux; Genomics; Sequence Alignment Theory and Application; Multiple Sequence Alignment; Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics.
“This course definitely opened my eyes to how broad the field of bioinformatics is. I am quite confident in my ability to utilise various online tools to analyse and interpret genetic data,” NUST Honours student in Biotechnology, Patience Kamesiepo stated.