MBB 659


  • Francis Ouellette
  • Dr. Frederic Pio


  • Seminar course
  • Recent topics in bioinformatics, proteomics and genomics
  • library research and presentations


  • Expression data repositories
  • Multi-molecular protein assembly

Group Library Project and Presentation

  • Remote Homology Detection and Protein Superfamily Classification (Nov 9, 2005)
    • mbb659-slides2-rev3.pdf - Revision 3 (I have a revision 4 dated Nov 11, 2005, but it exceeds the file size limits)

SFU Course Description

Course title: MBB 659-3 Special Topics in Bioinformatics
Section: G01.00
Semester: 2005-3
Instructor: Dr. F. Pio
Office: SSB 6112
Description/topics: This discussion-based Bioinformatics course will expose students to the latest developments in Bioinformatics analysis and algorithms. It will run in conjunction with the VanBug Seminar Series, in which the students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss their work with guest speakers, both local and international scientists. During this course students will perform individual presentation (2 to 3) on recent papers in bioinformatics, genomics or proteomics. Students will also conduct a research literature survey and will present results to the class to stimulate discussion. In this self-directed learning assignment students will work in teams and perform two presentations of 20 min. Participants are expected to conduct a library research project involving a review of the literature on particular topics in the field of Bioinformatics, Proteomics or Genomics. The review of the literature will include a summary of the most relevant articles published by scholars and/or researchers in a particular field mentioned below focusing on the items that are currently considered as ãhot topicsä (focus on papers published in the last 6 months). The review of the literature should demonstrate student ability to search information and to identify the critical articles that are most relevant to the topic of interest. Students are also expected to identify areas of controversy if possible in the field where research results have opposing views.
Grading: 3 papers presentations of 20 min with 10 min questions (50%), bibliographic research presentations with discussion. (50%).
Required texts: None.
Recommended texts: A.D. Baxevanis and B.F.F. Ouellette (ed.), Bioinformatics: A practical guide to the analysis of genes and proteins, 2nd edition. 2005. John Wiley & Sons, USA.
Materials/supplies: None.
Prerequisite/corequisite: Prerequisites: MBB441 or MBB442 or MBB435, or Masterâs students from the CIHR/MSFHR training program in Bioinformatics or undergraduate equivalent course in computational biology, Bioinformatics, Proteomics or Genomics.
Notes: None.

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