Emerging Computing Technologies: Bioinformatics Certificate
January 25, 2021
15 Weeks per Course
** Alumni Scholarships Available
Why Enroll for This Certificate?
Developed by New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, the Certificate for Emerging Computing Technologies: Bioinformatics allows students to take graduate-level courses from Tandon Online’s Bioinformatics Master’s Degree program to achieve the cutting-edge skills needed in this interdisciplinary course of study.
With industry and research in medicine and the life sciences making rapid developments, there’s an urgent need for advanced computational techniques to handle the resulting expansion of complex data and information.
Bioinformatics creates and advances algorithms, computational and statistical techniques, and theory to solve formal and practical problems arising from the management and analysis of biological data.
The effects of Covid-19 have only accelerated these trends as remote workforces and learners expand globally. The opportunities to enter or advance in this burgeoning field are endless, but one needs to have the skills to pursue them.
Who Is This Certificate For?
The Emerging Computing Technologies: Bioinformatics Certificate allows both those who are new to the field, or are experienced genomics professionals, to take the courses they want to introduce them to core concepts or fill in advanced areas of study.
Depending on the specific Focus Area you choose, it is recommended prospective students enter with the following criteria:
- Fundamental Genomics background (Molecular Biology and Genetics)
- Mathematics background - Calculus, Discrete Math
- Some knowledge of statistics and UNIX/LINUX
- Familiarity with genomic tools and browsers (NCBI, BLAST, CLUSTAL/MUSCLE)
We at Tandon are educating and nurturing tomorrow’s biotech rock-stars, who can address infectious diseases (e.g., Zika or Ebola), genetic diseases (e.g., Cancer, Alzheimer or Autism), public health (Personalized Health Care Program, Diabetes or Obesity), agriculture (e.g., GMO, Genetically Modified Organisms) and green technology (e.g., Energy or GHG (Green House Gas)-sequestration.
This certificate meets industry demand for professionals with solid foundations in genomics, proteomics, and transcriptomics; algorithms, statistics, and biotechnology; programming (Python, Perl, and R); data science, AI and ML; sequence and pathway analysis, as well as a host of genome informatics tools and algorithms such as BLAST, BioPython, BioPerl, Bioconductor, and UCSC genome browser.
Certificate Highlights: Focus Areas
Build the sequence of study you want from the graduate-level courses taught by Tandon Online’s award-winning faculty. Students pursuing the Emerging Computing Technologies: Bioinformatics Certificate take two core courses followed by an elective of their choosing.
Core Courses (Required)
These two courses provide foundational background in programming and statistical analysis which is necessary for broader applications in Bioinformatics.
- Problem Solving for Bioinformatics (BI-GY 7663)
This course will introduce students to programming in Bioinformatics. The focus will be on object-oriented techniques of scripting and how it’s applied to programmatically interact with genomic resources such as NCBI, COSMIC, ViPR, KEGG, and libraries such as Biopython and Bioservices.
- Applied Biostatistics for Bioinformatics (BI-GY 7673)
This online course will introduce the basics of statistics and its applications in various fields of biology. Practical applications use R for all of the programming assignments. The problems, exercises, and assignments will be drawn from real-life problems in research papers and books.
Choose one to complete the nine credits to complete the advanced certification.
- Next Generation Sequence Analysis for Bioinformatics (BI-GY 7653)
The online course is aimed at developing practical bioinformatics skills of next-generation sequencing analysis. Students will be introduced to current best practices and high-throughput sequence data analysis and they will have the opportunity to analyze real data in a high-performance Unix-based computing environment. Some of the topics that will be covered include current sequencing platforms, data formats (FASTA, SAM, BAM, VCF), sequence alignment, sequence assembly, variant calling, RNA-seq analysis, and their biological applications.
- Machine Learning and Data Science for Bioinformatics (BI-GY 7743)
This online course is aimed at developing practical machine learning and econometric (time series) skills with applications to biological data. The course will use examples from bioinformatics application areas throughout and will emphasize translational aspects.
- Transcriptomics (BI-GY 7633)
This course is aimed at the screening of differential expression of genes using microarray technology builds the opportunities for personalized medicine converging soon to medical informatics and to our health care system. R programming is used along with an introduction to the Bioconductor software will be dealt with data importing, filtering, annotation, and analysis. Machine learning concepts and tools for statistical genomics will be addressed along with distance concept, cluster analysis, a heat map, and class discovery. Case studies link the methodology to biomolecular pathways, gene ontology, genome browsing, and drug signatures.
View the Bioinformatics Master’s Degree page “Curriculum" section for detailed course descriptions.
From Certificate to Masters Degree
The Emerging Computing Technologies: Bioinformatics Certificate program is designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit towards the completion of a Master’s degree. Learners who successfully earn this certificate may apply for admission to a Master’s program; if accepted, the certificate will count towards their degree.
This certificate program counts towards 30 percent of the coursework required to complete the Bioinformatics Master's Degree at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
- Flexible - Online learning platform providing live, and interactive content to meet your needs
- Ranked #2 in Best Online Graduate Information Technology Programs by U.S. News and World Report
Visit the Bioinformatics Master's Degree page and “Curriculum” section for more details about this program.
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Upon completion of the three-course sequence participants with grades averaging a C or better will be awarded a digital Certificate of Completion by New York University Tandon School of Engineering. If a participant’s grades average B or better, they will receive a Certificate with Distinction.