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Bioinformatics
Certificate Program

Bioinformatics

Where biology meets Big Data

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Certificate Description

Build your computational and scientific foundation

Big data is everywhere and its presence across multiple industries will continue to stimulate job growth in pharma, biotech, and software industries. This certificate program is designed in consultation with industry leaders to meet the need for biologists and computer scientists to analyze and interpret today’s deluge of biological information. Tailor your studies to your particular needs and interests while learning the tools and methods of bioinformatics. Life scientists delve into data tech and computer scientists gain a background in molecular biology.

Bioinformatics certificate program objectives

  • Use public domain bioinformatics tools, including Genbank and the Protein Data Bank (PDB).
  • Employ statistical design of experiment (SDOE) to analyze experimental data and factors affecting outputs.
  • Distinguish key molecular biology techniques—gene cloning, manipulation and sequencing; PCR; RNA interference; and gene expression analysis.
  • Complete a computational biology project using Java.
  • Recognize sequence analysis techniques such as Hidden Markov Models and RNA analysis.
  • Query and read DNA sequences from Fasta files.
   

   

Additional informational resources

Who are the students in the bioinformatics program?

Often they are the experienced programmers who have an interest in biology or they are already in a lab and interested in the flexibility and new options that learning new data tools can offer. Janani Rangarajan, M.S., bioinformatician and program chair, tells you about her students. (2021)

Bioinformatics: An Informational Webinar

Bioinformatics: What are companies looking for?

Janani Rangarajan, M.S., bioinformatician and program chair, discusses the tools and technologies used to make meaning from health data, the foundation for cures and vaccines being discovered each day. The webinar begins with a very brief overview of upcoming courses in the Bioinformatics certificate program and jumps right into Q&A.

• An 8-Part Video Q&A with Janani Rangarajan, M.S., Bioinformatician and Program Chair
• A 5-Part Deep Dive Into the Technologies & Biology of Bioinformatics

Program Overview

Estimated Cost: Starting at $5,480. (You pay only for courses you enroll in.) | International Tuition Cost
Program Requirements: 6–7 courses (minimum 18 quarter units). Take 4 required courses (12 quarter units) and 2–3 elective courses (minimum 6 quarter units). End with certificate of completion review.
Minimum Hours of Instruction: 180 hours of instruction.
Estimated Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 12 months.

Courses


1. Required Courses(s): Four Total & Equal to 12 Units

Quarter Units: 3.0
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01-09-2023 to 03-20-2023
$815.00
BINF.X400.(812)
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01-09-2023 to 04-10-2023
$815.00
BINF.X405.(805)
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01-17-2023 to 03-21-2023
$980.00
DBDA.X420.(22)
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2. Electives: Total of Six Units

Quarter Units: 3.0
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01-07-2023 to 03-11-2023
$960.00
DBDA.X404.(33)
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Spring TBD
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Quarter Units: 4.0
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01-19-2023 to 03-27-2023
$965.00
BTEC.X415.(8)
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11-08-2022 to 02-07-2023
$910.00
DBDA.X415.(844)

01-03-2023 to 04-04-2023
$910.00
DBDA.X415.(845)
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Meet Our Instructors

Abizar A Lakdawalla
VP., Product Development, Apton Biosystems
Edward James Rozhon
Program Chair | Retired Sr. Manager, Clinical Operations, Genentech
Guido Bordignon
Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, UCSC
Janani Rangarajan
Statistical Data Analyst, Gilead Sciences | Program Chair
Michelle C Rosenaur
Technology Trainer
Parthasarathy M Padmanabhan
Data Engineering Lead, New Relic | Program Chair
Paul A Saunders
Biotechnology Consultant
Robert Knight
Mathematics and Statistics Professor
Ruth A Arthur-Asmah
Sr. Manager, Digital Health, Nordic Global
Sara Saatchi
Professor

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Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Molecular biology knowledge

Familiarity with the principles of modern molecular biology is required to begin the Bioinformatics certificate. You can satisfy this requirement with an introductory course in molecular biology (taken within the last five years) or by demonstrating equivalent work experience.

Statistics knowledge

To take Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Bioinformatics and Biomedical Applications, you need an understanding of both probability and statistics. You can satisfy this requirement with an introductory course in statistics or by demonstrating equivalent work experience. UCSC Extension offers Statistics.

Programming knowledge

Basic familiarity with the Python programming language is required to begin the Bioinformatics certificate. You can satisfy this requirement with an introductory course in Python (taken within the last five years) or by demonstrating equivalent work experience. UCSC Extension offers Python Programming for Beginners.

Genomics and next Generation DNA sequencing knowledge

Basic familiarity with genomics and next generation DNA sequencing is required for Next-Gen Sequence Analysis Tools—a Hands-On Approach. You can satisfy this requirement with a similar course or by demonstrating equivalent work experience. UCSC Extension offers Genomics and Next Generation DNA Sequencing: Methods and Applications.

Advisory Board

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Certificate Program Chair

JANANI RANGARAJAN, M.S., is a QA statistical data analyst at Gilead Sciences where she supports the Quality Risk Management department with data analysis for plant-wide interdepartmental KPIs. Former positions include working as a bioinformatics analyst at the USC Norris Cancer Center, as a statistical analyst/programmer for Northwestern University and as a researcher at the Scripps Research Institute, where she designed and produced custom DNA, peptide and carbohydrate arrays. Rangarajan has a graduate degree in bioinformatics and extensive experience with bioinformatics tools, databases and methods. She has contributed to the Consortium for Functional Glycomics and helped print the Glycan microarray for the project.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

DAVID BERNICK, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor​, Project Scientist/Lecturer
Biomolecular Engineering, UC, Santa Cruz

GREGORY FRANK, Ph.D.
Biosciences Instructor, UCSC Extension
Consultant
GDF-Consulting

ROBERT KNIGHT, MS, DPM
Founding CEO
MyClassText.org
Statistics Instructor, UCSC Extension

ABIZAR LAKDAWALLA, Ph.D., MS, DMLT
Director, Proxeom​
Senior Advisor, INanoBio
Partner, ZB AngelFunds
Bioinformatics Instructor, UCSC Extension

JANANI RANGARAJAN, MS, BS
Statistical Data Analyst, Gilead Sciences
Bioinformatics Instructor, UCSC Extension

EDWARD ROZHON, Ph.D.
Biosciences Instructor / Program Chair
Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, and Clinical Trials Design and Management Programs

Establish Candidacy

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Once you create your student account, you can establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization program any time during your studies.

The benefits of enrolling early
  • Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
  • Receive program updates
  • Set your intention
  • It’s free

To complete a program, you must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.

Note:

Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

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* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (such as GreenFig or CLS by Barbri) may have a shorter completion requirement.

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Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

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