Course in informatics for biology 2004
In the series of courses offered at the Pasteur Institute, a course will be offered in informatics in
biology. The next session will take place from January to end of April 2004.
The main goal of this course is to provide researchers in biology an initial exposure to informatics.
Admitance in the course is reserved for those with a degree in biology or a related discipline.
With more and more bioinformatics tools available, it becomes increasingly important for researchers in
biology to be able both to manage their data, implement their ideas, and judge for themselves the
usefulness of new algorithms and software.
This course will emphasize fundamental aspects of computer science and apply them to biological
examples. Theoretical aspects (algorithm development, logic, problem modeling and design methods), and
technical applications (databases and web technologies) that are relevant for biologists will be
Programming is presented through the object-oriented paradigm, using a modern high-level language, Python,
provided with tools for biology and enabling both prototyping or scripting and the building of important
software systems. Learning of additional languages (perl and Java) will be available for interested students.
Learning during the course will be reinforced with computing exercises, and effective training will
be provided by a 2 month research project.
The working language of the course is French.
For further information, please consult: http://www.pasteur.fr/formation/infobio-en.html
Catherine Letondal -- Pasteur Institute Computing Center