This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute at American Society for Microbiology in March 2007. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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A Consortium Approach for Introducing Bioinformatics to Undergraduates
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions



Cristina Iftode
Rowan University

Toby Mapes
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Zhaohui Xu
Bowling Green State University

Qiang He
University of Tennessee- Knoxville

Steven Cresawn
James Madison University


Possible Audiences:

Biology Students
Biotechnology students
Environmental Engineering students
Computer Science students


Brief Overview:

  • Isolate and purify DNA from wastewater treatment biomass
    • Bacteria
    • Viruses
  • Amplify bacterial and viral DNA by PCR
  • Clone into vectors for sequencing
  • Sequencing
  • Disseminate data to consortium members for analysis


Project Materials:

SCSD Biology Workbench
In house developed software


Resources and References:

BioQuest faculty


Future Directions:

Use as pilot study to submit NSF ATE proposal