Seattle, WA
Aug 13, 2020 - Aug 21, 2020
Genome Hackers integrates biological techniques with computer science. Participants will learn how to use Python to understand genetic sequences, and, more specifically, understand how it is used in understanding the infection patterns of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) using phylogenetic trees. Participants will also prepare a presentation to present to faculty, students, and staff at the University of Washington Genome Sciences.
Provided by Cindy and University of Washington

Registration is closed for this program. Please contact the Program Leader for information about a waitlist.

Program Dates & Times

Our camp runs from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM every day on the following days:

August 13th

August 14th

August 17th

August 18th

August 19th

August 20th

August 21st


9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade



More About the Program

Our hope is that our participants will gain a better understanding on how scientists were able to understand the origin and patterns of spread of COVID-19.

For more information, contact Cindy.


August 13th - Intro to Python, Intro to Coronaviruses

August 14th - Python basics: lists, dictionaries, conditionals

August 17th - Python basics: For loops, Central Dogma of Genetics, Converting a DNA sequence to an RNA sequence

August 18th - Using Python to convert an RNA sequence to a protein sequence, Coronaviruses Part 2

August 19th - Using Hamming Distances to understand sequence relationships; Intro to Phylogenetics

August 20th - Using Nextstrain to visualize trees

August 21st - Ethics discussion on being a minority in STEM, discussing gender disparities in STEM, panel for career development, presentation to department