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Bioinformatics Summer Coding Bootcamp

Learn to Code this Summer

Times: Tuesday June 22 to Thursday July 22

Style: Online

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 an online class.


Adam Ertel, PhD received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering/Bioinformatics form Drexel University in 2008. Dr. Ertel is working at the Cancer Genomics Laboratory at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Ertel's main interests are in bioinformatics and pathway-based approaches to gene expression profiling, gene interactions and molecular profiles in cancer, and SNP genotype and copy number analysis for genome-wide association studies.


Fees are approximately $1,200 for tuition. The workshop runs for 5 weeks, every Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 -7 pm.

The credit associated with the class can be applied to the Drexel Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate, or any Drexel Master Degree. New degree as of Fall 2020: MS Degree in Bioinformatics, offered by the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. This new degree combines modules in Bioinformatics, Data Science, Drug Discovery and Neurotechnology.

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 2020-Summer 2021 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 16, 2021

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