OSC Implements Virtual Pipeline for OSU Summer Course in Plant Biology

Columbus, OH - April 21, 2005 - This summer quarter from July 25-Aug. 5, 2005, The Ohio State University is offering its annual practical summer workshops on functional genomics. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and postdoctoral researchers are invited to enroll for the plant-focused workshop.

The workshop is open to a maximum of 20 students. The lab portion of the workshop is full, however, those interested in signing up for the lectures may still enroll. The course is Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology (PCMB) 694 and is available for two college credits.

The class is taught by Dr. Erich Grotewald and will include daily lectures by experts in the fields of genomics, RNA expression analysis and proteomics, as well as laboratory experience accompanied by bioinformatics sessions.

OSC's role in the workshop is to help students use a "virtual pipeline" to resolve property and description information on the protein sequences of plants. OSU professors Dr. Annkatrin Rose and Dr. Iris Meier in conjunction with OSC developed this advanced technology.

In addition, OSC will be implementing all of the computer components, everything from web access portals to backend searchable databases, for the attendees at the workshop.