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COVID-19 Bioinformatics: Introduction

A free course by Andrew Gao
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    2,500 users and counting.
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    Certificate now available on the Next Steps Page
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    Spanish and Mandarin translations coming
Ever wondered how exactly scientists "do science"?
Interested in COVID-19 and its effects on your body?
If you said yes to any of the above, this course is for you!
In this course, you'll learn how to do bioinformatics analysis and do research on COVID-19 transcriptomics (gene expression) data. We'll be studying differences in gene expression between COVID-19 patients and healthy people to learn how COVID-19 affects the body.
This course will prepare you to do your own original research.

About the instructor

Hi! I'm Andrew, a high school student passionate about science education. I saw the misinformation crisis stemming from COVID-19 and wanted to use my bioinformatics know-how to educate people for free. I created this course to accomplish that mission.
Email me anytime: [email protected]

What will I learn?

You will learn how to find public gene expression datasets online and analyze them using the GEO2R software and numerous web-based bioinformatics tools and databases.
  • Finding gene expression datasets
  • Performing differential expression analysis
  • Analyzing and interpreting results
  • Using protein protein interaction network analyzer tools
  • Drawing biologically relevant conclusions

How long will this course take?

Depending on your skill with computers, it could take anywhere from one to three hours.

Do I need to know how to code?

Nope! This course is designed so that zero programming is needed.

What technical requirements are there?

You need a laptop or computer with access to the Internet. Additionally, you need either Excel, Google Sheets, or another table editing software. You can get Google Sheets for free with a Google Account.

What if I don't know any biology?

That's totally fine! The next page has a list of resources that you can use to learn everything you need to know for this course.

Is there a certificate available?

Yes. On the Next Steps page, you can complete a end-of-course survey after which you will receive a certificate of completion.


You can download these lessons in PDF form if you have limited Internet access.
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