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Foundations of Bioinformatics and Searching Workshop

Class Description

This eight (8) hour, MLA-approved CE hands-on computer workshop provides the fundamentals for library-based bioinformatics products and services decision-making and implementation. It encompasses tracing the origins of bioinformatics, visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice, and acquisition of bioinformatics search competencies.

The morning Bioinformatics Overview will cover what bioinformatics is and where it came from, what it is today, and bioinformatics practice in end-user communities. The afternoon Searching and Molecular Biology Vocabulary Module will concentrate to developing effective bioinformatics search strategies from within the NCBI resources, by making use of the unique and robust NCBI Entrez search engine (sometimes referred to as the “poor man’s programming script search tool”). In the process, participants will develop a working molecular biology vocabulary related to genes, proteins and organisms, and be introduced to bioinformatics record formats.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under contract No.N01-LM-6-3501 with the New York University School of Medicine.


Diane C. Rein, PhD.

Diane holds a PhD degree in Developmental Biology from the Institute of Developmental Research, Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio and an MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2008, she holds the position of Associate Librarian, tenured, at the Health Sciences Library of the University at Buffalo (UB). As the Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Information Resource Liaison, she concentrates on providing bioinformatics training and education, advanced reference consultation services, resource development and collection, to all three of the University at Buffalo basic science, biomedical science and clinical campuses, including UB-affiliated research hospitals, centers and institutes.

As a librarian, she has been appointed as a visiting scholar to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), has served on NAWBIS, the NCBI curriculum and development committee, for a five day national bioinformatics course, and was the NCBI Midwest Regional Coordinator and Instructor for the NCBI three day molecular biology and bioinformatics short course. She develops and provides regional continuing education bioinformatics training workshops for librarians and information specialists.

Continuing Education

Upon successful completion of this workshop, each participant will receive 8 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA).