A two-day workshop on “Applications of Basic Bioinformatics” was organized by the Department of Botany, Assam Don Bosco University in association with Bioakademy-AGT Biosciences (OPC) Pvt. Ltd on 10-11 August, 2023.

The objective of the workshop was to provide a basic knowledge, understanding and information in relation to latest developments in the field of Bioinformatics. Altogether 69 participants including students, research scholars and faculty members from different departments attended the workshop.

On the first day, 10th August 2023, Inaugural function and two technical sessions were carried out:

The inaugural function was attended by the Fr. Jose Palely, Vice Chancellor; Prof. JN Vishwakarma, Director of Research, Dr. Hemen Bharali, Director, School of Fundamental and Applied Sciences and Dr. Akan Das, Director, Bioakademy, Guwahati and his team along with the faculty members and participants.

The inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions which were conducted by the resource person, Dr. Akan Das and his team. In the first technical session, participants were introduced to the basic concept on bioinformatics and its applications and also to various biological databases along with practical exercise on how to retrieve biological data from these databases. In the second technical session, a deep insight into the nucleic acid analysis, homological sequence search using BLAST, sequence alignment using OMEGA CLUSTAW, primer designing and microsatellite identification were presented and discussed.

On the second day, 11th August 2023, three technical sessions and valedictory function were held. The first session was on comprehensive overview on proteins. The second session was practical based, focused on protein sequence and structure analysis using various software like RasMol, BioEdit, prediction of secondary protein structures, visualization of 3D structure of protein, prediction of active site, etc. The final session was also practical based focused on handling of bioinformatics software i.e. BioEdit.

The workshop concluded with a valedictory function where the participants shared their feedbacks on the workshop, followed by distribution of certificates and vote of thanks.