Bioinformatics for Biotechnology/Biology Instructors

Biotility at the University of Florida is offering an opportunity for secondary and postsecondary instructors to learn and apply bioinformatics and molecular modeling techniques that can be implemented in the classroom.  Bioinformatics is the acquisition, storage, analysis, modeling, and distribution of information defined in DNA and protein sequence data.  As such, it serves as the perfect vehicle for connecting complex topics in the biosciences, such as DNA analysis and cloning, protein structure, expression, and function, as well as mutations, disease, and drug discovery.

Course Description

Molecules, Mysteries, and Medicines

Why do certain mutations cause cancer, or make a virus resistant to a drug?  Or, create the distinctive markings in Siamese cats?  In this hands-on workshop, we will use molecular modeling and sequence analysis tools to explore molecule models of small chemicals, proteins, and DNA, and learn how we can use these models to identify cancer-causing mutations, solve mysteries, and understand the function of selected anti-viral drugs.  We will also use bioinformatics and molecular modeling to search for new drugs that could be used to treat Zika virus, and evaluate how well they might work.

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Course Dates and Location

June 24th-25th, 2017

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (June 24, Saturday)

 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (June 25, Sunday)

LOCATION:  University of Florida (Main Campus)

Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Room #3161

2004 Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32610-0219

Cost & Payment

Free to Industrial Biotechnology Teacher Experience (IBTE) Attendees

$250 for Bioinformatics Workshop Only

(Meals and Housing not included)

P-Cards/Credit Cards accepted.  An invoice will be provided upon registration

For more information, contact Lori Wojciechowski:


Refunds available up to two weeks prior to start-date

Instructor Biography:

Dr. Sandra Porter is an educator, scientist, and entrepreneur with a passion for helping students and teachers use computational tools to explore biology.  As an educator, Dr. Porter directed a college biotech program for ten years.  As a scientist, she worked at a bioinformatics software company on tools for genetic analysis.  As an entrepreneur, she founded Digital World Biology with the goal of making user-friendly apps and tutorials such as Molecular World™ and the BLAST for beginner’s tutorial, and curricular materials that help students use bioinformatics tools for study and research.   Dr. Porter is also a Co-PI on Bio-Link, a national network of community colleges involved in biotechnology education.