- Climb up the Tree
Join the research pilot program for high school.
PhylomeDB is a very powerful tool that can be used to carry out real, original, thorough, extensive, and relevant research. It is essential to understand how this tool works in order to carry out the research. But it is also necessary to establish a research goal. This implies deciding which proteins to use and what information to analyze.
The tool is free to use, but we recommend you participate in the pilot program we’ve organized for the 2016-2017 school year. During the pilot program, the CRG researchers behind PhylomeDB will offer advice on establishing the research goal and on how to use the tool.
Once the registration process is completed, the organization will pick the candidates who meet the selection criteria.
Participants will meet in a face-to-face workshop on November 21st, 2016. During the workshop, we will go over how to use the tool. Some of its possible applications in the classroom will also be discussed. In this work session, teachers, researchers, and the experts at Eduscopi will collaboratively come up with possible ideas for the research papers.
Teachers will think the research papers through with their students and will then be given additional advice on research goals.
All research papers will be evaluated at the end of the pilot program, and one of them will win a prize: a summer stay in a CRG laboratory.
High School teachers (from schools in Catalonia) who conduct research papers.
Limited capacity (a maximum of 15 participants).
Participants will be selected according to their interest and their previous experience in other innovative projects.
Registration will be online (via web form).
The registration deadline is October 31st, 2016.
Training on how to use the tool.
Advice from CRG researchers on establishing research goals.
The possibility of winning a prize to the best research paper (the author of the winning paper will win a summer stay at a CRG lab).
To conduct (at least) one research paper which uses PhylomeDB.
To participate in the first workshop.
To share the goal of the research paper with the organization.
To fill out the follow-up forms sent by the organization.
31/10/2016: End of registration period
21/11/2016: Initial workshop
February 2017: Personalized follow-up meetings
March 2017: Follow-up forms
June 2017: Research paper or progress report deadline
Last week of June 2017: Winner selection
More specifically, it’s a database that stores phylogenetic trees. These trees represent the evolutionary history of a family of genes that codify proteins. The database is organized into “phylomes”, which are complete collections of the evolutionary histories of all the genes in an organism and in its kin from other species.
This relationship is reflected in an interactive tree containing a vast amount of information that you can access with a single click.
The vast amount of information included in and generated by this tool can spur real and original research.
The data has been automatically generated and analyzed as part of global studies, but most phylogenetic trees found in PhylomeDB have never been examined manually. Hence, it is a gold mine in which you can observe and discover things that remain unseen, yet may be clearly visible to a trained eye. In this web page you will find a user guide that provides training on how to explore this data. Also, by participating in the pilot program you can attend a workshop on how to use the tool and much more.