A hands-on class to learn different aspects of genomics and bioinformatics
- Sequence, assemble and annotate a new (microbial) genome (semester 1)
- Functional analysis of genome-wide gene expression (semester 2)
When the new master program Molecular Life Sciences was launched in 2010 in the University of Lausanne, it contained a very unusual class. One made possible by the progress of technology, the concentration of competences in Lausanne, and the daring of a small team of instructors: the “Sequence a genome” class.
A unique feature of this course is the work on an actual research project, for which the results are totally unknown at the start of every year, and for which the methods are continuously evolving: the teachers and the students must stay at the forefront of the latest experimental and computational expertise. In the end, the students have produced new knowledge, and have learned to work with cutting-edge sequencing and bioinformatics technologies.
As far as the Lausanne team knows, they were the first in the world to propose such a course. The course received a collective Excellence in teaching award from the Faculty of Biology and Medicine in 2012.Stay tuned to the blog for the latest class developments and discoveries!