Iowa State University


BCB 444/544 – Fall 2011

Introduction to Bioinformatics



  • A problem-solving approach to learning fundementals of bioinformatics, genomics, computational biology and systems biology. Includes practical use of databases and web-based computational tools to investigate biological problems.
  • BCB 544 (Grad) requires team research project*
  • BCB 444 (Undergrad) does not require team research project*
    * Please note changes in Fall '11 offering relative to previous years:
    • 544 team projects will begin early in semester
    • Both 444 & 544 students will be assigned a semester-long "mystery gene" problem early in semester
    • Less "PPT lecture" time & more active-learning activities
  • Intended audience: Undergraduate or graduate students. (available for non-major graduate credit). This is not a required course for BCB majors. Can be used to fulfill "Genomics, Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics" requirements for IG majors. Auditors & visitors are always welcome !
  • Prereq: Math 165 or Stat 401 or equiv; or permission of instructor. 
  • Credits: 4 credits (3 lectures & 1 computer lab each week).


Lectures for all sections are: MWF 10:00-10:50 AM in 1424 MBB Labs are offered at 2 times (Meet in MBB 1340 Computer Lab)

   Th 1:10 - 3:00 PM BCB444 #8543005 BCB544 #8548005

   Th 3:10 - 5:00 PM BCB444 #8543010 BCB544 #8548010

If section you prefer is closed, please contact Cross-listed versions are also available, see ISU schedule of classes.



  • Drena Dobbs

Office Hrs: Wed & Fri 11-12 or by appointment
in 106 Molecular Biology Building (MBB) 294-4991

Lab & co-instructors

  • Usha Muppirala Email:usha AT
    Yasser El-Manzalawy Email:yasser AT


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