Pitzer College Professor Participates in Bioinformatics Institute

Claremont, Calif. (March 21, 2011)—Pitzer College Professor Emily Wiley is one of 20 educators in the US to complete the 2011 American Society for Microbiology (ASM)/ JGI Bioinformatics Institute: Incorporating Bioinformatics Research in Undergraduate Education, held on March 9-12 at ASM headquarters in Washington, DC.  Wiley teaches molecular biology in the Joint Science Department.

The 2011 institute introduced attendees to several databases, tools and resources that undergraduate students can use to contribute to real-life projects, such as mapping and analyzing DNA and protein sequences and creating and viewing three-dimensional models of protein structures. Along with newfound experience connecting bioinformatics tools to biological questions, learning concepts, and skills training, participants of the institute received curriculum activities, problem sets, course exercises, and research projects that can be used to engage students in courses immediately.

The ASM/JGI Bioinformatics Institute is managed by ASM and sponsored by the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and Hiram College. For more information, visit www.facultyprograms.org

The ASM is the world’s largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. Its mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.

The Joint Science Department is a program of Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College and Scripps College.

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