This was Jazette’s first research experience, which was conducted under the directions of Alfred Watkins Ph.D. at Spelman College in the summer of 2012.
Bioinformatics is the science of using information to understand biology. It’s a division of a larger field of computational biology, which is an application of quantitative analytical techniques in modeling biological systems. Bioinformatics makes it possible for biologist to do exciting things such as compare DNA sequences and generate results that are potentially significant. The bioinformatics tool also gives biologist the opportunity to over interpret data and assign meaning where none really exists.
The goal of this research project is to develop a web-based bioinformatics tutorial that would be a guide for students studying biology to learn the wide range of computational techniques to analyze biology data. Professors are sometimes unable to help the visual learner as well as the kinetic learner, so the website will incorporate audio, video, pictures and text to appeal to diverse learning styles, such as: visual learners, kinetic learners, and audio learners. The website will also be used to make it easier for biology students to understand how computers make it very efficient to analyze DNA sequences. Biology students understanding the background of the programming language python and computational biology will lead to further exploration of using Bioinformatics to help biologist results of analyzing DNA sequences more accurate.
- Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges: Southeastern Region (CCSCE:SE)
- November 2012
Link to full size poster: bioinfoposter