• Application Deadline
  • 56 days
  • English


Proteins play a very important role in all organisms. In fact, most of the work that happens inside every cell happens because a specific protein is employed for a specific task. Often the three-dimensional shape of a protein plays a major role in its function. As such, it is important to know the structure of all proteins to have an idea of what function they perform.

The Proteins - Alignment, Analysis and Structure course is part of the Bioinformatics MicroMasters Program from the University of Maryland University College - UMUCx.  

One of the jobs of a bioinformatician is to predict the three-dimensional structure of a protein using only the DNA sequence that encodes it as well as determining the effects of any mutations in the DNA on the three-dimensional structure/function.

In this course, part of the Bioinformatics MicroMasters program, you will learn about protein structure and its impact on function, practice aligning protein sequences to discover differences, and generate model structures of proteins using web and software-based approaches.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 56 days
    • Intensity 8 hrs/week
    • Duration description

      8 weeks 8-10 hours per week

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

What you'll learn:

  • Analyze biological big data
  • How to align protein sequences to discover differences and determine structure  
  • Generate model structures of unknown proteins 


  • Dr. James Coker - Associate Professor and Program Chair, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs Specializations

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

  • Undergraduate biology

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    249 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 249 USD for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
  • National Applies to you

    249 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 249 USD for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
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