2019 has been a year of growth with many new program launches, successful pilot completion and new releases. We are excited to see how much the bioinformatics learning community has grown and are excited about the future of this project. Here are some of the highlights for the month of October:
“Introduction to Bioinformatics @Amity University, Kolkata” – a 3 month pilot program organized jointly with Amity University Kolkata and Pine Biotech concluded for over 50 participants who received their certificates of completion signed by Amity University Vice Chancellor, Dr. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay and Elia Brosdsky, CEO,Pine Biotech.
The program led to 5 research projects designed by the students and faculty from Amity University. Project topics were based on novel research ideas by the faculties and students based on the analysis methods students learned about throughout the program.
One of the projects included a hot research topic suggested by Dr. Prabuddha Gupta, who has been working on a study of asymmetric global distribution of M. lepromatosis as causative agent of leprosy and comparison of lipid metabolism in M.leprae complex bacteria using genomic data analysis of affected populations.
Other projects topics include prognostic significance of differentially expressed isoforms for detection of Ovarian Cancer, Molecular pathway for stress adaptation in Tardigrade Species, Regulatory mechanisms of wild type and hp1 mutants of tomato and Transcriptomic Analysis of Oil Producing Plant, Symplocos paniculata.
A Growing Global Community of Bioinformaticians in the Making – Our team regularly reviews the online community members, selecting top participants that perform exceptionally well. These profiles are featured on our blog and social media. In October, we highlighted Dr. Sara C. Zapico, an Instructor of Forensic Chemistry at Florida International University, Dr. Melyssa Bratton of Xavier University in New Orleans, Vamshi Venkat, a data scientist from Hyderabad, India, and Ayushman Kumar Banerjee, a BTech Biotechnology Student from Amity University in Kolkata, India.
Year-long training and expert specialization programs. Our OmicsLogic Metagenomics Program started on October 29th. The first session provided an overview of topics for participants from all around the globe. The Metagenomics Program is currently on its 6th Session and will end on 23rd December, 2019. We are also excited about our next OmicsLogic Program on Transcriptomics in January 2020.
Here’s a link to a short video to learn about the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrW0mbP1Cn8&t=5s
A Growing Library of Online Resources. As a way to get started in bioinformatics, we offer regularly updated and expanding free online courses. In October, our team launched a new course in the Metagenomics series, Metagenomics 2. The course is dedicated to the applications of bioinformatics to microbial communities in human health, environment and agriculture. To compare microbial composition in different conditions, participants will learn about 16s amplicon sequencing, and get familiar with the DADA2 analysis pipeline specifically designed for metagenomic amplicon sequencing.