New Course in Bioinformatics Being Offered at SWOSU


The departments of Computer Science and Biology at Southwestern Oklahoma State University will offer a new interdisciplinary course in Bioinformatics this fall on the Weatherford campus.

The eight-week course will cover key issues in knowledge representation and discovery for biomedical applications.

Dr. Yefim Kats said students will be introduced to essentials of data modeling and data mining with a special emphasis on modern genetics and molecular biology. Specific topics addressed include searching biomedical databases, human genome project and gene ontology, sequence analysis, and pairwise alignment. The course provides hands-on experience with popular data modeling and data mining tools.

The one credit course will meet every Friday from August 23 to October 18 from 12 noon until 1:40 p.m. The course will be taught by Kats, an associate professor in the Computer Science and Information Systems Department, and Dr. Muatasem Ubeidat, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.