NPTEL: Functional Genomics

With the emergence of high throughput DNA sequencing technologies, the complete genome sequences of many organisms are deciphered and are being analyzed. Despite the progress, understanding the cellular functions of most the genes thus identified remains a challenge. The emerging field of “Functional Genomics” aims at providing comprehensive approaches to understand the genome functions, to develop and promote high throughput and large scale approaches to investigate the function of the genomes, their products and the interactions between the two. This course thus will provide an overview of the concept of Functional Genomics and contemporary approaches used to understand the genome function.

Intended Audience

  • Students interested in pursuing research in genomics and biotechnology field.
  • Medical students and practicing clinicians interested in genomics and molecular medicine.
  • Students interested in careers in biotechnology and biopharma fields.
  • Technical staff /scientists working in biotechnology, biopharma and molecular diagnostic laboratories/industry


Week 1: [2 hrs; 6 x 20 min]
Introduction to functional genomics; Large-scale approaches to investigating gene/protein function: rationale and advantages; 


Week 2: [3 hrs; 6 x 30 min]
Predicting gene function based on DNA sequence: motif analyses and tools for homology-based identification; Transcriptomics: overview of past and current technologies


Week 3: [3 hrs: 6 x 30 min]
High-throughput genetic approaches to assessing gene function (e.g. large-scale mutant libraries, RNAi, genome editing, chemical genomics)


Week 4: [2 hrs: 6 x 20 min]
Connecting Traits to Genes, and Genes to Functions; Comparative Genomics

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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Finished
Subject Bioinformatics
Provider NPTEL
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Calendar 4 weeks long

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