Learn about protein-protein interactions.

Bioinformatics.org is a great organization and web site (disclosure: I’ve taught an online course with them :D) and they regularly have online course in the field of bioinformatics that are more in the theory and analysis area of bioinformatics (where ours is more in the use and access of resources). If you need bringing up to speed on protein-protein interactions, there is room in next week’s course on said subject.

We have training in several protein-protein interaction resources such as STRING, soon MINT, so this bioinformatics course seems a nice complement. To learn more about the course, follow me under the fold…

Here is the announcement and description:

BI211A Protein-Protein Interactions is being offered again July 7-11, 2008.
There’s still room available!

With systems biology budding as a discipline, there is a colossal need for
biologists to understand the interactions within biological networks. There
has been much talk about systems biology and protein-protein interactions
(PPI), and this course will dig into some of the fundamental issues concerning
PPIs, their need and usage.

This course is a starter with introduction to various tools and some examples
to find true positive interactors from web searches and web interfaces. The
exercises and take-home messages should probably encourage participants to
give some thought to the topics covered and hopefully build some excitement
about the top-down approach of systems biology involving protein-protein
interactions. Nevertheless, this course shouldn’t be considered too difficult
for beginners. After completing the course, students should be able to
understand and find answers to the following questions:

· Whither systems biology?
· Why PPIs? What else does systems biology involve?
· What has made systems biology distinct from bioinformatics?
· Would PPIs bring out a function for umpteen orphan genes?
· What are the types of interaction data and their layouts?
· What are the online tools for analyzing networks?
· How good are the high-throughput methods employed to measure interactions?
· How are interactions validated?
· Exercises covering all web interfaces, tools and Osprey as a visualization
tool.

And here is the link to go register!