Fall 2017

BCB 710: Tim Elston – Bioinformatics Colloquium

(Fall – Faculty and Senior Student Presentations)


Curriculum seminar course. Required for First 4 Semesters for BCB PhD Program*. Required for 4 Semesters for BCB Certificate Program.

1 Credit Hour
August 28-December 4
Time: Mondays 4:40-5:30 PM
Location: G030 Bondurant Hall



BCB 715: Tim Elston – Bioinformatics and Mathematics Modeling


This module provides an introduction to the basic mathematical techniques used to develop and analyze models of biochemical networks.  Both deterministic and stochastic models are discussed.

1 Credit Hour
August 22-September 21
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 2:00-3:15 PM
Location: 2004 Marsico Hall



BCB 716:  Alain Laederach – Sequence Analysis

BCB Core Module. This module is designed to introduce students to concepts and methods in the comparative analysis of nucleic acid and protein sequences, including sequence alignment, homology search, phylogenetics and genome assembly.

1 Credit Hour
October 31-December 5
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 2:00-3:15 PM
Location: 1378 Genome Sciences Building





BCB 720: Will Valdar – Introduction to Statistical Modeling

BCB Core Module. This module introduces foundational statistical concepts and models that motivate a wide range of analytic methods in bioinformatics, statistical genetics, statistical genomics, and related fields. Students are expected to know single-variable calculus (differentiation and integration in 1 dimension), be familiar with matrix algebra and have some programming experience. The course will include material on partial differentiation of multiparameter functions, and use the statistical package R extensively. Familiarity with these will be an advantage but is not assumed.

3 Credit Hours
August 22-December 5
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 11:00 AM -12:15 PM
Location: 1007 Genetic Medicine Building

Course Description & Syllabus


BCB 722: Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena – Topics in Population Genetics

This module will cover methods of inferring/estimating natural selection, including the Dn/Ds ratio, the McDonald-Kreitman test, and the Poisson Random Field model. The course will feature discussions of high-profile publications that describe the application of these methods to yield insights into the forces that have shaped organismal evolution.

1 Credit Hour
Dates: September 26-October 26

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 2:00-3:15P
Location: 2004 Marsico Hall



Spring 2018


BCB 710: Tim Elston – Bioinformatics Colloquium

(Spring – Journal Club)


Curriculum seminar course. Required for First 4 Semesters for BCB PhD Program*. Required for 4 Semesters for BCB Certificate Program.

1 Credit Hour
Time: Mondays 4:40-5:30 PM
Location: To Be Determined


BCB 717: Brian Kuhlman – Structural Bioinformatics

This module introduces methods and techniques for protein modeling including structure determination, protein architecture, approaches to folding simulations, structure prediction, and structure based drug design.

1 Credit Hour

Time: TR – 9:25 am – 10:40 am
Location: To Be Determined




BCB 718: Jeremy Purvis – Computational Modeling Laboratory

This module provides a hands-on, laboratory-style course on computational modeling of biological systems.
Students will develop a model of their own choosing and be responsible for all aspects of its design, construction, simulation, and analysis.

1 Credit Hour
Time: TR – 2:00 pm– 3:15 pm
Location: To Be Determined