The successful completion of the human genome project coupled with advances on molecular biology techniques led to explosion of genomic data. The utility of these data lies in the ability to store, retrieve when needed, analyze and interpret as accurately as possible. As a result of this surge in data, computers have become indispensable in the management of biological data. Most of these bio-data are generated in the laboratory; hence laboratory professionals must be equipped with principles and methods that are involved in the management and analysis of biological data, be it in the form of DNA, RNA or protein.

This course aims to familiarize learners with the principles and methods in bioinformatics applicable in the management of biological data (DNA, RNA and protein), assist in the development of laboratory methods in molecular diagnostics, analyze and identify clinically relevant information embedded in biological data.