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Course Description

DNA bar code sequence

Metabarcoding is a rapidly evolving method for assessing biodiversity from bulk or environmental samples. It has a wide range of applications: biodiversity monitoring, animal diet assessment, and reconstruction of paleo communities, among others. DNA metabarcoding relies on molecular techniques such as PCR and next-generation sequencing, and requires bioinformatics and biostatistics competence to analyze sequencing results. This approach integrates several scientific areas and requires a broad range of skills in addition to the basic knowledge related to the considered research topic.

Gain an understanding of the state of current technology and the various platforms used. Through of a series of online lectures and research exercises— introducing different aspects of metabarcoding and metagenomics—we will touch on the suite of bioinformatics tools available for sequence analysis and data interpretation.

This course appeals to researchers, educators, government regulatory staff, graduate students, forensic staff, lab technicians, museum collection staff, etc.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and comprehend the background of metabarcoding technology
  • Identify species by performing database queries with common databases and interpretation of results
  • Critically evaluate studies that utilized DNA-based taxonomy
  • Develop skills to make informed decisions about the choice of a Next-generation sequencing platform and laboratory needs
  • Synthesize knowledge and effectively communicate about DNA Barcoding for grant proposals and interaction with policymakers

Course Topics

  • Next-generation sequencing
  • Metagenomics
  • Metabarcoding analytics
  • Applications/Recent research

Job Market Overview


Additional Requirements

Working knowledge of DNA Barcoding and sequencing basics.


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (2 x 20%) 40%
Discussions 20%
Assignments (2 x 20%) 40%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

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Technical Requirements

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January 20, 2025 to February 14, 2025
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Early Bird $449.00
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