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Mathematical and Computational Research in Biological Sciences

Program(s): Immersion

*Taught Online for Summer 2020*  Using computation to model and study biological systems is one of the leading edges of current scientific research. In this hands-on exploration of the latest techniques, students will learn how macromolecules, such as DNA, RNA, and proteins, perform their functions and how to visualize and quantify their behavior. This course will provide an introduction to the basics of computer coding for biological data analysis, and how to apply cutting-edge high performance computation to biological questions using the super computers at the University of Chicago Research Computing Center (RCC). Students will be instructed on how to do literature searches and how to write a scientific paper about their research findings and data analysis.

Course Considerations

Students must have successfully completed one year of high school biology. Some experience with programming computer languages is needed.

Students interested in the computer programming side may also be interested in Pathways in Data Science

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

June 22

End Date

July 09

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Esmael Jafari Haddadian

Secondary Instructor

Academic Interest

Biological Sciences
Math and Computer Science

Class Specifics

Course Code

BIOS 10007 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration


3:00 PM


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks