Basics of Immunology: a mini-course
In this course, we’ll discover how every cell in a multicellular organism, from the tiniest bacteria to the largest vertebrates, fends off harmful invaders like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and larger parasites. We’ll especially focus on the two layers of defense mechanisms in vertebrates – the rapid, general “innate” responses, and the precise, specialized “adaptive” responses.
Deadline to apply is July 18th.
Advanced Algorithms for Computational Biology
The course is for bioinformatics students and researchers who want to deepen their informatics skills and understanding. The course builds upon basic algorithms and data structures up to the state-of-the-art methods in computational biology (focusing on sequence alignment). The central problems of the course will be sequence alignment and pangenomics․ The course will cover graph algorithms, string data structures, hashing techniques, theoretical analysis, and modern heuristic approaches.
Deadline to apply is February 26th.
Advanced Molecular Biology with Alexey Kurnosov
The Advanced Molecular Biology course covers the core concepts of molecular biology, genetic mechanisms, cells, and genomes. Starting in September Alexey Kurnosov became the trainer of the course, and the language of instruction changed from Armenian to English. The course takes 12 months to complete and will be instructed every week starting from January 2022. The educational materials are in English.
To join the Advanced MolBio course people need to read the first 5 chapters of Albert’s “Molecular Biology of the Cell”
Аlgorithms for Computational Biology
This course is designed for individuals with backgrounds in math, computer/data science, or bioinformatics. The course aims to cover the basics of algorithms and data structures, and will give students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of current trends in computational biology. Throughout the course, students will expand their knowledge of algorithms, build their biological vocabulary, and make connections with other biologists.
The central problems of the course will be sequence alignment and pangenomics․ The course will cover topics such as dynamic programming, and graph algorithms, as well as concepts such as complexity, runtime and scaling, and approximate vs exact algorithms.
Start date: February 2
Advanced Molecular Biology with Meri Hovsepyan
The Advanced Molecular Biology course by ABI Expert Meri Hovsepyan covers the core concepts of molecular biology, genetic mechanisms, cells, and genomes. The course is interactive, and weekly discussions where students have reading materials, as well as talks and consultations on those topics, are held. The course takes 12 months to complete and will be instructed every week starting from January 2022. The language of instruction is Armenian, however, the educational materials are in English.
Applied Bioinformatics Course
The Applied Bioinformatics course by ABI Chairman Hans Binder covers the core concepts of molecular medicine, life data sciences, as well as gives an insight into emerging and promising research areas in the field of Bioinformatics. The course also includes helpful tips on how to write and publish scientific research papers and addresses disputed topics in Bioinformatics.
The course takes 9 weeks to complete and is instructed every Wednesday at 6 PM Yerevan time. The language of instruction is English. Furthermore, some lectures will be given by invited specialists. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate from ABI Research School.
ABI in collaboration with the Bioinformatics Group at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) NAS RA organized the second summer school in genome bioinformatics: OMICSS-2022. The program envisioned the recruitment of up to 20 students from biology, math, data, and computer science background to engage them in everyday learning activities and hands-on training exercises. Each student was associated with an individual ABI mentor and took educational resources found in the OMICSS-2021 guide developed by ABI. The mentors facilitated knowledge exchange between peer students with complementary backgrounds (biology versus tech) through frequent meet-ups and peer-to-peer discussions.
In Summer 2021, ABI in collaboration with the Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA had a Summer School in Genome Bioinformatics. The school offered undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young researchers, extensive training in molecular biology, statistics, programming, experimental methods in molecular biology, and genomic data analysis. The school concluded with projects related to SARC-CoV-2 genome analysis.
Participants also got to know the 38 speakers from 11 countries, heard their perspectives on the academic and industrial opportunities in bioinformatics. After OMICSS 2021, some of the participants got involved with ABI Research School under the supervision of scientists from Armenia and from abroad.