This course focuses on computational methods for studying protein and RNA structure, protein-protein interactions, and biological networks. Algorithms for prediction of RNA secondary structure, protein-protein interactions, and annotation of protein secondary/tertiary structure and function are studied in depth. Students will apply various computer programs and structure-visualization software to secondary and tertiary protein structure prediction, structure-structure comparison, protein domain classification, annotation of functionally important sites, and protein design. Interesting aspects of protein interaction and metabolic networks are also discussed.
605.205 Molecular Biology for Computer Scientists or equivalent. 605.651 Principles of Bioinformatics is recommended.