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Tao Jiang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Here is the syllabus in PDF.
Note that, although the main textbook is "An Introduction to
Bioinformatics Algorithms" by Neil C. Jones and Pavel Pevzner, the MIT
Press, 2004, the books
"Genome-Scale Algorithm Design" by Veli Makinen, Djamal Belazzougui,
Fabio Cunial and Alexandru I. Tomescu
and "Algorithms for Strings, Trees, and Sequences:
Computer Science and Computational Biology" by Dan Gusfield
could be very useful reference books.
If you have no background in biology or bioinformatics, the introductory
book by Krane and Raymer could be a good starter, as well as chapter 3
of the textbook.
A Primer on Molecular Genetics provides a sequencing-centric introduction.
On the other hand, chapter 2 of the textbook provides
a good review of fundamental concepts in algorithms.
The following are the lecture notes to be used in the class.
Note that most of these slides are provided along with the textbook
by Jones and Pevzner, and can be found at
However, they have been updated extensively below.
A shortened introductory lecture
Updated slides on DNA mapping
Updated slides on motif finding
Updated slides on probabilistic algorithms for motif finding
Updated slides on genome rearrangement
Slides on sequence alignment and dynamic programming
Updated slides on multiple sequence alignment
Updated slides on gene prediction
Updated slides on similarity based gene prediction
Updated slides on graph algorithms for DNA sequencing
Updated slides on the reconstruction of evolutionary trees
Approximation of shortest common superstrings
In addition, material from my old slides
will be added from time to time to provide coverage on more
sophisticated algorithms in computational biology.
You should check the Topics
of Presentation and let me know your
preferences (topics and presentation time slots) as early as possible.
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The following mapping shows how your overall scores will be translated into
letter grades at the end of the quarter:
90+ -> A+, 85+ -> A, 80+ -> A-, 77+ -> B+, 73+ -> B, 70+ -> B-,
67+ -> C+, 63+ -> C, 60+ -> C-, 57+ -> D+, 53+ -> D, 50+ -> D-, 49- -> F.