Level up with Melbourne MicroCerts

Industry-ready skills

Develop in-demand skills aligned with industry best practice you can apply immediately.

Taught by leading experts

Learn from internationally recognised academics and professionals with years of on the ground experience.

Shareable digital certificate

Showcase your capabilities with an industry recognised digital certificate you can share with your professional network. See an example certificate

What you will learn

Gain contemporary skills and knowledge for your job now.

Microbial genomics is revolutionising clinical and public health responses to communicable diseases. Advances in bioinformatics are enabling precise, real-time responses to pathogen outbreaks.

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for infectious diseases professionals seeking a strong grounding in bioinformatics concepts and practical experience investigating microbial sequence data.

This course is co-designed and delivered in partnership with the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.

This course is endorsed by Galaxy Australia, a service provided by the Australian BioCommons and its partners. The service receives NCRIS funding through Bioplatforms Australia and the Australian Research Data Commons as well as Queensland Government RICF funding. It is further supported, operated, and managed by teams at QCIF at the University of Queensland and Melbourne Bioinformatics at the University of Melbourne.

Explore fundamental bioinformatics theory

Gain a high-level understanding of bioinformatics theory and how it applies to microbial genomics. Focus on quality control, its impact on data analysis, and the use of pipelines.

Gain practical experience in genome assembly and annotation

Apply best-practice approaches to genome assembly, annotation and characterisation. Learn to use them for the identification and investigation of genes and genomic structures, as well as speciation and databases.

Undertake sequence read mapping and variant calling

Gain practical experience applying tools, methodologies and considerations in sequence read mapping and variant calling. Understand how these approaches are used to identify and investigate antimicrobial resistance mutations.

Understand phylogenetics and its role in outbreak investigation

Explore concepts of phylogenetics and population structure, and understand how this approach is used for outbreak investigation.

Analyse data using microbial genomics platform Galaxy

Apply your knowledge by analysing a sequence dataset in the online platform Galaxy, demonstrating your capacity to interpret the results.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Professor Tim Stinear

Scientific Director of the Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics research centre

Tim is a molecular microbiologist and research-teaching academic. He leads a team of scientists focused on understanding how certain types of bacteria spread and cause disease. In addition, he is the Scientific Director of the Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics research centre and a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Fellow.

Dr Claire Gorrie

Bioinformatician - MDU PHL - Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Claire Gorrie is an early career researcher whose work focuses on developing genomic techniques for studying the evolution and transmission of antimicrobial resistant pathogens both in healthcare facilities and the wider community. During her PhD, she studied Klebsiella pneumoniae, and has since expanded her scope to include a range of bacterial pathogens such as Enterococcus faecium, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Neisseria gonorrhoea.

Dr Sarah Baines

Research Officer, Antimicrobial Resistance, Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Sarah Baines is an early career researcher specialising in microbiology and genomics, as applied to understanding the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). For her PhD, she investigated the population and functional genomics of drug-resistant lineages of Staphylococcus aureus. She continues to research S. aureus population dynamics, more recently expanding to other bacterial pathogens of public health interest to understand complex mechanisms of AMR.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Applied Pathogen Genomics series

This series is designed for infectious diseases professionals seeking practical skills in the groundbreaking areas of pathogen genomics and bioinformatics. Taught by leading genomics experts, it will equip you with the capacity to analyse and use genomic data in your own practice.

Explore more from the Applied Pathogen Genomics series:


For individuals

To take Microbial Genomics: Bioinformatic Analysis Basics as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

Enrol now
Registration closes May 28, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Microbial Genomics: Bioinformatic Analysis Basics, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


Dates not right for you?
Register to receive updates

29 May – 25 June 2023

Registration closes May 28, 2023

Enrol now

Course details

Want to know more about Melbourne MicroCerts? See our Frequently Asked Questions