Description: The purpose of this course is to familiarize informatics students with computational models that explore evolutionary and ecological aspects of cancer and predict tumor progression and patient outcomes. Students access primary literature, work with computational models, and practice effective communication to understand evolutionary and ecological models of cancer, in which the evolutionary forces of drift and selection affect the fate of somatic mutations, and tumor cells compete for resources with and evade protective and cooperative strategies of normal cells. Examines clinical applications of evolutionary and ecological theories of cancer as well as adaptations for cancer suppression across the tree of life. Co-convened with INF 513. Letter grade only.
Sections offered: Spring 2022
Prerequisite: BIO 181, BIO 182, BIO 240, CS 126, CS 136, and admission to Informatics BS program