Agricultural Bioinformatics Educational Research Program
The importance of bioinformatics in the fields of agricultural and life sciences is continuously on the rise. Bioinformatics has become absolutely indispensable as a specific method for dealing with serious social issues we face today in the areas of food, environment and living, as well as a means of consolidating numerous fragmented fields of study into one area. Thus, education on the area of bioinformatics should consist of both the basic and applied aspects of the discipline. In the Agricultural Bioinformatics Educational Research Program, practical lectures are given about bioinformatics at the graduate level that require an undergraduate-level understanding of the life sciences. Further, students in the program conduct the latest research on topics in the agricultural and life sciences relating to bioinformatics. From the 2004 through the 2014 academic years, 3,700 students attended the lectures in this program and earned class credits for them. With these kinds of educational and research activities, the Agricultural Bioinformatics Educational Research Program aims to create cooperative links with society and to form an international base for studying agricultural bioinformatics.
Most of the subjects covered in this program are studied in practical classes using computers. The open lectures are divided into three large categories (basic, method and latest topics). Students can acquire a wide range of skills while participating in this program, including everything from the basics to the applied aspects of protein structure analysis, molecular simulation, sequence statistics and mathematical biology, proteomic analysis and next-generation sequencing analysis.