This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute at American Society for Microbiology in March 2008. 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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Introducing Bioinformatics Using the Nitrogen Cycle
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions



Alyssa Bumbaugh
Penn State - Altoona College

Mark Radosevich
University of Tennessee

Ron Peck
Lawrence University


Possible Audiences:

Undergraduate Introductory Biology, Undergraduate Introductory Microbiolgy, Soil Microbiology  


Brief Overview:

Use bioinformatics to provide a “course capstone” to integrate sequence, structure, and function along with ecology and metabolism in an introductory biology or soils course  


Project Materials:



Resources and References:

Biology Workbench NCBI KEGG pathway Swiss-Prot JGI-IMG  


Future Directions:

Integrate into course - adapt as necessary Design wet labs with RT-PCR Other biogeochemical cycles  



- Introducing_Bioinformatics_Nitrogen_cycle1.ppt