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Functional Genomics

About the course
With the emergence of high throughput DNA sequencing technologies, the complete genome sequences of many organisms are deciphered and are being analyzed. Despite the progress, understanding the cellular functions of most the genes thus identified remains a challenge. The emerging field of “Functional Genomics” aims at providing comprehensive approaches to understand the genome functions, to develop and promote high throughput and large scale approaches to investigate the function of the genomes, their products and the interactions between the two. This course thus will provide an overview of the concept of Functional Genomics and contemporary approaches used to understand the genome function.

Intended audience

  • Students interested in pursuing research in genomics and biotechnology field.
  • Medical students and practicing clinicians interested in genomics and molecular medicine.
  • Students interested in careers in biotechnology and biopharma fields.
  • Technical staff /scientists working in biotechnology, biopharma and molecular diagnostic laboratories/industry
Basic level of understanding in cell and molecular biology is expected

Industries that will recognize this course
Biotechnology, medical and pharma companies, paramedic clinical centers, and educational institutes

Course instructor

Prof. S. Ganesh teaches biology, genetics and genomics at IIT Kanpur. His research interests include human molecular genetics and neuroscience. He works on genetic forms of neurodegenerative disorders in humans to understand their genetics and disease mechanisms, and to develop therapeutics.

For more information, visit his group’s website: http://home.iitk.ac.in/~sganesh/

Course layout

Week 1: [2.5 hrs; 4 lectures]
Introduction to Functional Genomics:
Pre- and post-genomic era; major advancements in genomic approaches;  epigenetics and metagenomics; forward versus reverse genetics

Week 2: [2.5 hrs; 4 lectures]
Genome Analyses - Part 1
Genome editing approaches and their applications; gene expression analyses and applications

Week 3: [3 hrs: 4 lectures and 2 tutorial sessions]
Genome Analyses - Part 2
Methods for DNA/RNA sequencing, sequence analysis and their applications

Week 4: [2.5 hrs: 3 lectures and 2 laboratory sessions]
Comparative Genomics
Genomic insight into evolution; power of comparative genomic analysis

List of reference books

Mostly publically available literature. Will be shared with the participants during the launch of the course.

More details about the course

Course url: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc17_bt02
Course duration : 4 weeks
Start date and end date of course: 23 January 2017 - 17 February 2017
Date of exam :  26 Mar 2017
Time of exam : Shift 1: 9am-12noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course

Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
Registration url - Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
Exam Fee: The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee of approximately Rs 1000 needs to be paid.


E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score.

Final score = 25% assignment score + 75% exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of scores of Best 3 out of 4 assignments

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.