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Workshop on Education in
Bioinformatics

and Computational Biology

WEBCB 2009

7 Sep 2009


Discussion Session

Bruno Gaeta, Shoba Ranganathan

Tan Tin Wee, Kwoh Chee Keong


Discussion Point 1:

The Substrate



Bioinformatics for Biologists


Beyond bioinformatics appreciation


glorified
ppt/word/google users;


Beyond cut
-
and
-
paste bioinformaticians


Able to think computationally and informatically at an
adequate level of abstraction to solve biological
problems


minimally understand how to read a paper
containing bioinformatics procedures.


Bioinformatics for others


Bioinformatics algorithmers


Bioinformatics programmers


Discussion Point 2:

The Product


Successful Application Users


Tool Users


Tool Developers


Independent PhD Researchers in Life
Sciences


Basic level of bioinformatics competencies
dynamically defined at a level which is
challenging enough to serve biological
research well into the future.




Discussion Point 3:

Which Level?


In Schools? Polytechnic?


Thinking bio logically vs computationally?


By analogy; descriptive; inductive reasoning; patterns, reductionistic vs
by deductive reasoning, building up from first principles; abstraction,
algorithmic thinking


Undergraduate Courses:


Major


Minor


Appreciation


Cross Teaching bio
-
background vs computing
-
bkgrd


Masters Courses: basic couirsework requirements plus
electives; projects with basic minimum standards


Bioinformatics Technicians


PhD Programmes by research, in
-
depth science


Benchmarking to different levels

Discussion Point 4:

Guide for Educators


Educational Philosophies for Bioinformatics


Transferrable skills


Curriculum and Syllabus at each level


Techniques come and go and come back again


Rapidly changing landscape


anticipating the future


Basic transferrable skills


thinking, basic mathematical, statistical,
computational, algorithmic


Minimum Skillsets for UG Bioinformatics


Skills for Majors


Skills for Minors


Minimum Bioinformatics Skills for Life Science Undergraduates


Bioinformatics Appreciation


Minor in bioinformatics
-

Power Users for Honours project


Minimum Qualifications for “trained” bioinformaticians

Discussion Point 5:

Course Organisers


Well Trained Lecturers and Instructors


Material


audio video software material


Resources


computational and databases


Bioinformatics Core Facilities


Textbooks for theory


Practical Courses


Accreditation and Benchmarking


Discussion Point 6:

Students


Bioinformatics
-
related careers:


Industry Visits and industry career
prospects


Higher Degree and academic career




Concluding Remarks of WEBCB


“Bioinformatics is Dead;
Viva la Bioinformatique



Lincoln Stein (2002)


Bioinformatics Beyond 2012?


It will become part and parcel of the system.


New Directions for the Bioinformatics?


Short term 5
-
10 yrs


one of the many
-

the Personal Genomics
challenge; environmental bioinformatics for sustainable
management of our natural resources


Synthesis or separation between bioinformatics and
computational biology? The technologists
-
technicians vs the
Scientists?


Long term
-

the New Biology revolution which is “old”


biology
as an informational science.


“What is Life?” Schrodinger (1944)