Genomics and the Other Omics: the Comprehensive Essentials

Stanford Center for Professional Development

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About the course

Genetics and genomics are undergoing an unparalleled revolution. A better understanding of biology and human health can create breakthroughs in disease treatment and introduces the prospect of personalized medicine. This course will begin with an introduction and review of the general principles of genomics and molecular biology. You will then explore in detail the key genomic technologies and computational approaches that are driving advances in prognostics, diagnostics, and treatment. Learn how scientists sequence, assemble, and analyze the function and structure of genomes. Explore methods for determining the heritability of traits & diseases by studying the larger population, and learn how gene identification can help identify targets for therapeutic intervention. Explore how you could use personal genomics to manage your health.

This course is the required second course in the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate.

You Will Learn

  • The principles of genetics, genes and traits
  • The applications and implications of genome sequencing
  • How personal genomics might impact healthcare
  • Tools used to diagnose and treat diseases
  • Methods for determining the heritability of traits and diseases

Topics Include

  • Tools, methods and applications of sequencing
  • Population genetics
  • Genome-wide association studies
  • Introduction to proteomics and protein profiling
  • ENCODE Project: the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements
  • Metabolomics and microbiomics

Time to Complete

You should expect to spend 10-18 hours to complete each course, depending on your familiarity with the topic.

For individual courses, we recommend that you designate 2-3 hours per week to watch video lectures and complete assignments in order to finish within 60 days.

Since the All-Access Plan allows you to access all courses for one year, you can determine how quickly to progress, but you must complete courses with 365 days in order to receive credit.


Barry Starr

Barry received his B.S. from CSU, Chico in Biochemistry. He then went on to graduate school at the University of Oregon where he earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry with Dr. Diane Hawley. During his six years, Barry worked on many aspects of basal RNA polymerase II transcription but Barry’s main con...

Anne Brunet

Anne Brunet is a Professor of Genetics at Stanford University. Dr. Brunet is interested in the molecular mechanisms of aging and longevity, with a particular emphasis on the nervous system. Her lab is interested in identifying pathways involved in delaying aging in response to external stimuli su...

Julie Granka

Julie Granka is a biologist and a statistician with expertise in genetics and evolution who currently serves as the Director of Personalized Genomics at Dr. Granka has experience developing and applying advanced computational tools to genetic data to understand population history an...

Jonathan Pritchard

Jonathan Pritchard grew up in England before moving to Pennsylvania during high school. He received his BSc in Biology and Mathematics from Penn State University in 1994, and his PhD in Biology at Stanford in 1998. After that he moved to a postdoc in the Department of Statistics at Oxford Univers...

Gavin Sherlock

Academic Appointments Associate Professor, Genetics Member, Bio-X Member, Stanford Cancer Institute Administrative Appointments Faculty Co-Director, Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy (2016 - Present) Honors & Awards John Buckley Entrance Scholarship for Science, Manchester Universi...

Michael Snyder

Michael Snyder is the Stanford Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and the Director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D. training at the California Institute of Technology and carried out postdoctoral training at Stanford University. He is a le...

Hinco Gierman

Hinco Gierman is a postdoctoral research fellow in developmental biology at Stanford University. His research interests include finding genes that would allow someone to live beyond 110 years of age by utilizing whole genome sequencing of the world's supercentenarians in collaboration with the In...

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