Plant Bioinformatics Capstone

University of Toronto

The Plant Bioinformatics Capstone course provides an in-depth exploration of plant genomics and bioinformatics, leveraging the wealth of data from genome sequencing, RNA-seq, and various high-throughput methods. Through 33 plant-specific online tools, students learn to analyze and interpret biological data to generate hypotheses, particularly focusing on genes of unknown function.

Students will gain practical experience in utilizing genome browsers, mining transcriptomic data, and conducting promoter/network analyses. The course culminates in a capstone project where students use these tools to hypothesize the biological role of a gene of unknown function and present their findings in a written lab report.

  • Explore the wealth of plant genomics data
  • Learn to use 33 plant-specific online tools for data analysis
  • Develop hypotheses on the biological role of genes
  • Conduct a capstone project to present findings in a written lab report

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Plant Bioinformatics Capstone
Course Modules

The course modules cover exploring genes of interest, identifying related genes, analyzing gene function and networks, drafting a lab report, and finalizing the lab report.

Exploring your gene of interest with online databases

Module 1: Students will learn to explore their gene of interest using various online databases, gaining insights into its characteristics and potential biological functions.

Identifying genes related to your gene of interest

Module 2: This module focuses on identifying genes related to the gene of interest, allowing students to understand its potential interactions within the plant genome.

Analysis of the function of your gene of interest and its network of genes

Module 3: Students will delve into the analysis of the function of the gene of interest and its network of genes, gaining a deeper understanding of its role within the plant biology context.

Lab report draft

Module 4: In this module, students will draft the initial version of their lab report, incorporating their findings and hypotheses regarding the biological role of the gene of interest.

Final copy of lab report

Module 5: The final module involves the completion and submission of the lab report, showcasing the students' comprehensive understanding and insights into the gene's biological role.

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