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Bioinformatics Bootcamp

Learn to Code this Summer
June 24 - July 27, 2019

This camp will introduce students with no or limited previous programming experience to Python with a focus on tools to solve bioinformatics problems. For the time of the class you will be enrolled as a non-matriculated graduate student at Drexel University. The course is available for all students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or are working professionals.

In this course, students will learn:

  • How to install coding tools and use them effectively

  • Python programming basics including conditionals, loops, functions, libraries, and classes

  • Strategies for using Python to answer different bioinformatics questions

  • Basic plotting and data analysis with Python

The class is a hybrid class, with both face-to-face and on-line components.


Will Dampier, PhD received his PhD from Drexel University School of Biomedical Engineering in 2010. He has taught classes in biocomputational engineering and bioinformatics. Will Dampier is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Drexel University College of Medicine. As part of his research he has contributed to numerous open source projects in an effort to improve their ability to handle data common to biological analysis.


Fees are approx. $1200 for tuition. There is an optional $70 textbook fee, all other course materials are free. The workshop runs for 5 weeks, every Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 -7 pm. The class starts with an introductory face-to-face session on campus on Tuesday, June 25, at 6:00 PM in the Bossone Building, Drexel University City Campus (5 mins from 30th Street Station).

The credit associated with the class can be applied to the Drexel Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate, a Master Degree offered by the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health System or transferred to the student’s home institution.

Current Drexel Students

Please contact Natalia Broz ( if you are a current Drexel student and want to enroll in this course.


  1. Make a user account

  2. Choose Fall 2018-Summer 2019 option

  3. Choose Graduate Application,

  4. Complete biographical Information

  5. Under Academic Area of Interest Choose “The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems” and then in the program field Choose “Non-Matriculated – School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems”.

  6. Under Term you Plan to Enroll choose Summer

  7. Under Full-Time/Part-Time Status choose Part-Time

  8. Follow the directions about entering current or previous institutions and emailing unofficial transcripts to and disregard application essay and CV information (click continue).

  9. Answer Disclosures Questions

  10. Certify application and submit!

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Please apply until June 17, 2019

Learn More About the Drexel Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate

To request more information about the program please contact the BIOMED Front Office.

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