Essential Bioinformatics for Global LeadersⅠ to begin on October 5, 2016

 Class List of Fall Semester 2016

“Essential Bioinformatics for Global Leaders Ⅰ” will begin on October 5. This is a lecture for students who are in “Minor Course of Science and Technology for Global Leaders”. But all master’s & doctoral students can take it if you have interest. The lecture will be conducted in English.

Lecture Theme & Objective

Prof. GouraudBioinformatics is an interdisciplinary research area at the interface between biological science and computational science, the ultimate goal of which is to better understand living cells and their functioning at the molecular level. It involves the technologies that use computers for the storage, retrieval, manipulation, understanding and distribution of information related to biological macromolecules such as DNA, RNA, protein, and even more.
The “Essential Bioinformatics for Global Leaders I” classes has been conceived for non-biologist as well as biologist students wishing to acquire global leader skills and enrich their scientific English. This first series of interactive classes, given in friendly English, will provide the students with the fundamental cellular and molecular biology knowledge needed to understand bioinformatics. Important notions of bioinformatics, its logical background and its cutting-edge applications in basic biology research, biotechnology and biomedical sciences will also be introduced. The classes include lectures, discussion and practices [wet lab (basic molecular biology experiments) and dry lab (databases exploration, data analysis using software)]. The students do not need to understand the mathematical details in the field.

Message to Students

These interactive classes are open to everyone, from biological background or not. They will provide you with the basis for a general understanding of cell and molecular biology. If you are new to Biological Sciences, you will have a chance to do your first biological experiments. If you already know about the field, it will be a great opportunity for you to improve your skills, widen your knowledge and in any cases listen and practice your English! Do not hesitate to join that fun experience!

Lecture Outline

Subject Essential Bioinformatics for Global Leaders Ⅰ   [16S1003]
Instructor Gouraud, Sabine  (Project Associate Professor of Ochanomizu University
Graduate Students
Date & Time Location Theme of Lecture
Wed.,Oct. 5
G.School of H&S Build. R408 Introduction to the “Essential Bioinformatics for Global Leader I” classes and general bioinformatics concept [style: lecture, discussion]
-Program of the classes, expectation of students
-History, general definition/overview of bioinformatics and its applications in different fields of science.
G.School of H&S Build. R408 Basics of molecular biology I [style: lecture, discussion]
Introduction to the cell, organization and composition, cells in their context (models of cells, cancer, infection, development, tissue renewal…)
G.School of H&S Build. R408 Basics of molecular biology II [style: lecture, discussion, computer practice]
PROTEIN, structure/function, analytical techniques and tools, proteomics databases exploration
G.School of H&S Build. R408 Basics of molecular biology III [style: lecture, discussion, computer practice]
DNA, structure, basic genetic mechanisms (RNA, mutation, SNP, gene repair, replication, protein translation, evolution…..), analytical techniques and tools, genomics databases exploration.
Wed.,Nov. 2
G.School of H&S Build. R408 Basics of molecular biology IV [style: lecture, discussion]
Omics and Bioinformatics; new molecular techniques, application and social implication of biological investigation, discussion over scientific papers.
Wed.,Nov. 9
Science Build.1
RNA isolation [style: wet lab]
RNA extraction from animal tissue/cells (Guanidinium thiocyanate-phenol-chloroform method), RNA quantitation assessment (Nanodrop)
Science Build.2
RNA quality assessment [style: wet lab]
Bioanalyzer use+ sample preparation for next experiments [style: wet lab]
G.School of H&S Build. R408,Science Build.2 R202 Gene expression analysis I: [style: wet lab + computer practice]
How to make primers (NCBI Database/sequence alignment), RT-qPCR preparation
Science Build.2
Gene expression analysis [style: wet lab, computer practice, discussion]
RT-qPCR (data analysis using thermal cycler software, PCR products gel electrophoresis)
Wed.,Dec. 7
Science Build.1
Protein expression analysis I [style: wet lab]
Protein extraction from animal tissue/cells, protein quantitation, protein separation by acrylamide gel electrophoresis (western-blotting)
Science Build.1
Protein expression analysis II [style: wet lab, computer practice, discussion
Semi-quantitative western-blotting (immunoblotting, Image J data analysis)
G.School of H&S Build. R408 Example of small scale high-throughput transcriptomic methods (PCR array), discussion over scientific paper.


Registration Period: October 1 through 14
If you cannot register during above period, please submit a paper-based registration form at Academic Affairs Office in Student Affairs Building.


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