Presentation Title

Developing User-Friendly Bioinformatics Tools for the Visualization and Analysis of the Immune System

Presenter Information

Sebastian EspinozaFollow

Advisor Information

Dario Ghersi

Location

MBSC 201

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

6-3-2020 12:30 PM

End Date

6-3-2020 1:45 PM

Abstract

Modern biology is currently undergoing a technological shift which is creating a demand for interdisciplinary professionals that are able to interpret large amounts of biological data. The intersection between biology, computer science, and statistics is most commonly referred to as bioinformatics. Part of the bioinformatics field is dedicated to developing the specialized software tools that allow users to easily analyze large amounts of biological data. Traditionally, many of these software tools have been exclusively accessible through command-line environments, which proves troublesome to users who have little to no experience in computer science. Therefore, due to the rise of computational methods in biological research, it is important to make software tools accessible to the whole of the biological community, which is currently generating data faster than it can be processed. In this paper, I present a software package that allows for command-line bioinformatics tools to be accessed using a graphical user interface (GUI). GUIs allow users to interact with programs through graphical icons and labels instead of text-only commands. The three bioinformatics tools included in this package are MEME, TCRdist, and Circos; these are all software tools used for the visualization and analysis of immunological data.

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Developing User-Friendly Bioinformatics Tools for the Visualization and Analysis of the Immune System

MBSC 201

Modern biology is currently undergoing a technological shift which is creating a demand for interdisciplinary professionals that are able to interpret large amounts of biological data. The intersection between biology, computer science, and statistics is most commonly referred to as bioinformatics. Part of the bioinformatics field is dedicated to developing the specialized software tools that allow users to easily analyze large amounts of biological data. Traditionally, many of these software tools have been exclusively accessible through command-line environments, which proves troublesome to users who have little to no experience in computer science. Therefore, due to the rise of computational methods in biological research, it is important to make software tools accessible to the whole of the biological community, which is currently generating data faster than it can be processed. In this paper, I present a software package that allows for command-line bioinformatics tools to be accessed using a graphical user interface (GUI). GUIs allow users to interact with programs through graphical icons and labels instead of text-only commands. The three bioinformatics tools included in this package are MEME, TCRdist, and Circos; these are all software tools used for the visualization and analysis of immunological data.