Learn about bacterial genomes from world-class experts

The Wellcome Genome Campus are delighted to present a collection of three courses designed to give you an in-depth overview of the world of bacterial genomes – and why the subject is so important.

Understanding bacterial genomes is crucial for the examining and tracking of disease-causing bacteria. Being able to process and compare bacterial bioinformation allows us to trace bacterial outbreaks, and prevent antimicrobial resistance. Antibiotic resistance is estimated to cause tens of thousands of deaths every year worldwide.

The Wellcome Genome Campus is home to the world’s leading institutes in genomics and computational biology, committed to the delivery of life-changing science to help solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Explore the power of bioinformatics

The introductory course, Bacterial Genomes I: From DNA to Protein Function Using Bioinformatics, is designed to give you an overview of the use of bioinformatics tools for genome data analysis.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of microbial bioinformatics, including how to describe DNA and protein sequences, and how to use public databases to find out conserved domains in protein sequences and infer function from sequence.

Discover computational tools like Artemis

Artemis is a free genome browser and annotation tool developed by the Wellcome Sanger Institute to allow researchers and students to easily analyse and visualise DNA data.

On the second course in the series, Bacterial Genomes II: Accessing and Analysing Microbial Genome Data with Artemis, you’ll learn how to use this powerful computational tool.

Alongside top educators from Wellcome Sanger Institute, you’ll discover the basic principles of microbial bioinformatics analysis, and get key training in the fundamentals of Artemis.

This includes the investigation of whole bacterial genomes, analysis of bacterial genes and proteins, and comparison of microbial genomic features. You’ll come away with greater knowledge and understanding of microbial genomes.

Get more advanced training in microbial genome analysis

The final course in the series, Bacterial Genomes III: Comparative Genomics using Artemis Comparison Tool (ACT), will give you advanced skills in the Artemis Comparison Tool (ACT).

ACT is a computer program that compares genomes in a user-friendly manner and is designed to help you investigate the differences between closely related organisms. Knowing these differences will help you to better understand the biology of an organism.

This area of study – comparative genomics – is a crucial tool in the fight against antibiotic resistance, as it allows us to identify a sequence of a drug-resistant isolate’s genome which is not found in any drug-sensitive isolate. This unique sequence could well be a gene that confers drug-resistance on that strain.

Join the courses today and further you bioinformatics career

Bioinformatics is a growing industry, and learning with WGC Advanced Courses is the perfect way to enhance your skill set, further your knowledge – and boost your career.

Join the three courses today, and discover why genome analysis and comparison is at the forefront of the fight against bacterial disease and antimicrobial resistance.