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Workshop Announcement

2007 ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute
March 8-11, 2007
ASM Office, Washington, DC

Registration has closed

  • Nov 15 – application deadline
  • Dec 4 – decisions emailed to applicants
  • Dec 20 – confirmations by email
  • January 5 – registration fee due
For more information, please contact
Sue Risseeuw
( 608-363-2012 )

We approach bioinformatics as an interdisciplinary field that depends on collaborative input from diverse groups of specialists to solve complex problems. This short course will use a research-like, problem-solving approach to model methods for analyzing molecular and genomic data as well as strategies for engaging students in deep learning opportunities. Bioinformatics impacts microbiology in many areas including medicine, agriculture, conservation, and evolution. This workshop will emphasize problem spaces in which relationships between evolutionary theory and the analysis of microbial genomes, molecular sequence and structural data provide a framework for approaching a wide range of biological problems. In addition to providing orientation to the causal bases for bioinformatics analyses we will introduce a philosophy of education: problem posing, problem-solving, and peer review/publication (BioQUEST's 3 P's).

Institute Purposes:

  • As a learning resource for faculty in microbiology who are interested in developing their understanding of the microbiological (as compared to the computational or mathematical) aspects of bioinformatics analyses;
  • As a forum for undergraduate teachers of bioinformatics to collaborate in the development of microbiology or bioinformatics courses and/or curricula;
  • As an opportunity to integrate mathematics into the undergraduate microbiology curriculum;
  • As a chance to develop a better idea of what questions microbiologists have with respect to teaching and learning elements of bioinformatics; and
  • As an opportunity for developing undergraduate research programs in bioinformatics.

Thematic Areas:

  1. Evolutionary Bioinformatics: Orthology, Paralogy, Xenology, Molecular Phylogenetics;
  2. BioQUEST's Curricular Philosophy;
  3. Applied problem solving; and
  4. Theoretical, mathematical and computational aspects that underlie bioinformatics.


The lectures and hands-on problem solving sessions will address medical microbiology, virology, cell biology, and microbial ecology. Each full participant will receive a copy of our book Microbes Count!: Problem Posing, Problem Solving, and Persuading Peers in Microbiology which has seven bioinformatics labs that we will use in the workshop.

For college teachers of:

Microbiology who are interested in implementing bioinformatics across his or her microbiology curriculum by incorporating bioinformatics into a variety of courses, as well as mathematicians and computer scientists who are interested in teaching bioinformatics or computational molecular biology and interacting with microbiologists.


An interest in teaching microbiology or mathematics or computer science using bioinformatics.

Please see the tentative schedule for additional information about the course content.

Registration fee is $425 for ASM members and $525 non-ASM members and is due January 5, 2007.

Registration covers most meals, handout materials and the program.  Laptop computers are required for maximum participation and learning.

Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE/CCLI-ND),
the American Society for Microbiology

and the

BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium