Functional Genomics

By Prof. S. Ganesh   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 669
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.

  • 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
PRE-REQUISITES : Basic level of understanding in cell and molecular biology is expected

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Industries that will recognize this course Biotechnology, medical and pharma companies, paramedic clinical centers, and educational institutes
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 23 Aug 2021
End Date : 17 Sep 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 23 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Computational Biology
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate

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

Books and references

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

Instructor bio

Prof. S. Ganesh

IIT Kanpur
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. He has been serving on the editorial boards of journals, and offers courses on professional and scientific communication at IIT Kanpur. For more information, visit his group’s website: http://home.iitk.ac.in/~sganesh/

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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