Science Café - Bioinformatics - Aug. 26, 2013

News item published on: 2013-08-19 15:43:00

Bioinformatics will be the topic of the next Science Café on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery (LIB 105A) located next to Starbucks.

A Science Café's casual meeting place, plain language, and inclusive conversation create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people whose primary background may not be science. Each meeting is organized around an interesting scientific topic, with a presenter (usually a scientist) giving a brief overview and showing a short video to kick off the discussion.

Advances in molecular biology and genomic technologies have led to a massive amount of biological information generated by the scientific community. This abundance of genomic information has created an equal need for computerized databases to acquire, store, organize, archive the information – not to mention specialized tools to view and analyze the data. Thus, bioinformatics is born.

Join Dr. Mohamed O. Elasri, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, as we explore this relatively new field and what it could mean to you. Dr. Elasri is the Program Coordinator of the Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. The group has established a core to fulfill the bioinformatics need of Mississippi scientists and to adequately prepare students to enter the various fields of research. Find out more about Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

Science Cafés are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tracy Englert at 601.266.6396 or . Find out more about Science Cafés.