An Appraisal of Skill Gaps in Bioinformatics Education

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Author(s): Smriti Sharma, Vinayak Bhatia*

Journal Name: Current Bioinformatics


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Abstract:

There has been an exponential rise in the field of Bioinformatics in the last decade. The specialists of this field need to be well versed in computing, statistics, and mathematics, along with expertise in biological sciences. This review is an attempt to understand the existing skill gaps in the education of bioinformatics globally and give the policy developers some indicators while designing the curriculum of the bioinformatics course. Authors have found that the pace with which this field is developing is not commensurate with the training and education efforts at the university level globally. However, on a positive note, academia, and industry both seem to recognise this lag, and efforts have started in this direction. This review also summarises the distinctive features needed to integrate bioinformatics in education at the level of curriculum design, teaching, and learning methods.

Keywords: bioinformatics, educational technology, ‘-omics’, education, statistics, computation

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(E-pub Abstract Ahead of Print)
DOI: 10.2174/1574893616666210609094743
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