“Code of Life” Course


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Welcome to the class: we are very excited that you are interested in learning more about the foundations of life. In this openHPI course, we will give an introduction about components of human cells and their functions. We dive into the cell core to explore the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA), its structure, and how it stores the code of life. Furthermore, we will explore how to discover genetic variants and mutations and how to assess their impact on the cell functions and the whole human body. Ultimately, we will outline how individual genetic variants can be connected to complex diseases, such as cancer. Just two decades ago, all these tasks would have been impossible due to missing knowledge about the DNA and a lack of computational power. As a result, you will learn basic concepts about how to incorporate latest computer science aspects to explore the code of life interactively.

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About Matthieu-P. Schapranow

Dr. Matthieu-P. Schapranow received a PhD in Software Engineering from University of Potsdam in Germany in 2012. He also received BSc and MSc degrees in Software Engineering, in 2006 and 2008, respectively from the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI).Since June 2012, he is Principal Investigator of Life Sciences at the Chair of Prof. Plattner at the HPI and visiting scientist at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin, Berlin. He is a valued member of the Berlin Cancer Society and contributes to the working group e-Health of the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM).Dr. Schapranow was honored with the Berlin-Brandenburg Innovation Award for his interdisciplinary cooperation with the Charité in 2012. Together with Prof. Dr. Plattner, he published the textbook "High-Performance In-Memory Genome Data Analysis" on occasion of the World Health Summit 2013.