BME 200: Research and Teaching in Bioinformatics

Course Overview

This is a required course for graduate students in Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics.

For catalog copy and prerequisites, see the main page for BME200.

The lectures and discussions will cover topics specific to bioinformatics, including such things as lab safety and cultural differences between the academic cultures of biology and computer science, as well as more general graduate student stuff, such as how to write a research paper, avoiding sexual harassment, fellowships, library usage, LaTeX, teaching, speaking loudly, ...

All new grad students should also plan on taking BME 280B this quarter, since it will be a series of introductory lectures by faculty who can accept grad students into their labs for lab rotation projects.


Enrollment restricted to Graduate Students


BME 280B Recommended


There will be a small number of written assignments for this class: a LaTeX exercise, a library/BibTeX exercise, writing a fellowship or grant proposal, and a web page exercise.

The course is graded strictly on the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory scale. Do not register for a letter grade.

  • The attendance requirement: You must attend the 8 of the 10 class sessions (and all 10 would be preferable).

  • You must turn in all four assignments, and do passing work on at least three.

  • See Homework tab.

Academic Integrity

Anyone caught cheating in the class will be punished severely—most likely failed in the class and possibly thrown out of grad school. Cheating includes any attempt to claim someone else's work as your own. Plagiarism in any form (including close paraphrasing) will be considered cheating. Use of any source without proper citation will be considered cheating.

Collaboration without explicit written acknowledgment will be considered cheating. Collaboration on some assignments with explicit written acknowledgment is encouraged—guidelines for the extent of reasonable collaboration will be given in class.

Classroom accommodations for disabilities

"UC Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me privately during my office hours or by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. At this time, we would also like us to discuss ways we can ensure your full participation in the course. We encourage all students who may benefit from learning more about DRC services to contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089 or by email at"


Late Policy - REVISE?

Each student can use a total of 3 late days on the homework or the final 5 page report. After that, 10% is taken off for each day. 0% if the work is turned in more than a week late.