An online course about the scope, analytical methods, & challenges of omics research. Introduction to 'Omics' Research
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Opportunity for
  • An introduction to the principles and methods of omics research
  • Investigators who want to understand how to integrate omics approaches into their research
  • MD, PhD, DMD, PharmD, DNP, ScD or equivalent
Funding level
  • Tuition-free
    Fee for external participants (non-Harvard and non-CTSA affiliates). Please email us for more information.
Session dates
  • August 16 - December 13, 2017
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on July 7, 2017
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Omics is a rapidly evolving, multi-disciplinary, and emerging field encompassing genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Each of these fields offers the possibility to understand and view biology from a global perspective in a way that was previously unthinkable. High-throughput methodologies can rapidly provide a global picture of the processes within cells at multiple levels, allowing for accelerated discoveries in health and disease.

As sequencing technologies improve and costs decline, learning how to apply, analyze, and handle large omics datasets has become imperative for researchers in biology and medicine. In this online course we will cover the different omics areas, including their appropriate applications and experimental challenges.

The goals of this online course are:

  1. Understand the scope of omics research and methods in: genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, and proteomics
  2. Understand omics in terms of investigation for your biological questions (disease etiology, diagnosis, and treatment)
  3. Understand the importance of experimental design in omics research
  4. Understand the challenges and limitations of big data analysis, including integration of data, batching, computational resources, and working with team members across all fields.

Course Syllabus

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