Introduction to Computational Molecular BiologyGENOME 541
Department of Genome Sciences
University of Washington
This course provides a survey of topics within the field of computational molecular biology. The course is divided into five two-week blocks, each devoted to a single topic and taught by a different instructor. This year, the topics include
- protein structure,
- RNA-seq analysis, and
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Meeting times and locations
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 - 11:50 am, Foege Building S110.
GENOME 540 or permission of instructor.
Students must be able to write computer programs for data analysis. Some prior exposure to probability, statistics and molecular biology is highly desirable.
No textbook is required for this class.
- The entire course grade is based on the homework assignments, which are due weekly. No tests or exams.
- The homework assignments involve writing programs for data analysis, and running them on a computer that you have access to (we cannot provide computers). We don't require a specific language.
- Late homework will be accepted, but penalized. Specifically, each assignment is worth 100 points, from which 10 points will be deducted for each day (or fraction thereof) that you turn it in late. The maximum deduction for being late is 60 points (even if you are more than 6 days late).
- It is OK to run your program on someone else's input data file, and compare outputs to see if you get the same results. However, it is not OK to share programs or to get someone else to debug your program. A key part of the course is being able to write and debug your own programs for data analysis.
10% for each homework assignment.
The course home page can be found at http://noble.gs.washington.edu/~noble/genome541.
Date Topic References Homework
Protein structure—Frank DiMaio Tue Apr 2 Protein structure Thu Apr 4 Molecular modeling—Macromolecular forcefields Homework #1 Tue Apr 9 Molecular modeling—optimization methods Thu Apr 11 Nucleic acid structure Homework #2 Epigenomics—Bill Noble Tue Apr 16 Transcription factor binding motifs Thu Apr 18 Supervised learning for transcription factor binding Homework #5 Thu Apr 23 Semi-automated genome annotation and epigenomic imputation Fri Apr 25 Chromatin 3D architecture Homework #6 RNA-seq analysis—Sreeram Kannan Tue Apr 30 Transcriptome quantification and differential expression Thu May 2 Transcriptome assembly Homework #5 Tue May 7 Single-cell RNA-seq analytics: dimensionality reduction, clustering Thu May 9 scRNA-Seq: Lineage estimation, regulatory network inference Homework #6 Phylogenetics—Erick Matsen Tue May 14 Phylogenetics motivation and intro Thu May 16 Phylogenetics methods Homework #7 Tue May 21 MCMC: general case and theory Thu May 23 Phylogenetic MCMC Homework #8 Phylogenetics—Jesse Bloom Tue May 28 Protein evolution Thu May 30 Substitution models Homework #9 Tue June 4 Codon models Thu June 6 More phylogenetics Homework #10