Course Academic Credits: 2 ECTS
Time and Place: every Tuesday, 17:00-18:00, Seminarraum Institut für Tierzucht & Genetik (building “NA”, 2nd floor), Vetmeduni Vienna
Content: Seminar series with invited international and national speakers covering current advances in population genetics, genome research,bioinformatics and evolutionary biology.
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Course Academic Credits: 2 ECTS
Time and Place: every Friday, 16:00-17:00, Institut für Populationsgenetik (building HA, 4th floor), Vetmeduni Vienna
Content: Supervised introduction and discussion of recent publications, selected by the students themselves. In this format the students learn and discuss the latest research developments and practice their presentation and discussion skills.
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Course Academic Credits: 10 ECTS
Aims, contents and method of the course: Current questions and methods of evolutionary biology will be applied to research on phenotypic plasticity of amphibian larvae (experimental ecology, geometric morphometry).Aims: Understanding of current topics in evolutionary biology, ability to apply relevant research methods, practice in writing scientific reports.Methods: Discussion of scientific papers, practical research in a small team, data analysis and writing of reports.
Assessment: Assessment of practical work and written reports. Minimal requirements: 90% presence during seminars, written report in the from of a scientific publication
Assessment criteria: 40% practical work and oral presentation, 60% written report
Dates: First meeting is 7 March 2019 at 16:00 h in Seminarraum des Department für Theoretische Biologie statt. UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien
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Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS

Content: Students attend lectures on essential concepts in evolutionary and population genomics from next-generation sequencing data including genome assembly, detecting Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Copy Number Variants (CNV´s), genomic investigation procedures to trace natural selection during adaptation and speciation, Genome Wide Association Scanning (GWAS) in wild species, genomic and geographic clines and the impact of hybridization and gene flow on genomes, structural and functional aspects of genomes, and gene-environment interactions.

Details and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=300127&semester=2019S

Course Academic Credits: 5 ECTS

Content: We will exemplify genomic investigation procedures to trace natural selection, genetic ancestry, function, structure and gene-environment interactions, starting with introducing basic omic approaches, such as de novo assembly and mapping.

Details and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=300369&semester=2019S

Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS

Content: This will discuss recent papers published in the field of ecological and evolutionary genomics. We will target recently published articles, independent of the study system or method addressed, according to the interest of students. The students will take turns presenting one paper per meeting, which will be further discussed in detail together with the group. The topics may include comparative genomics, approaches to variation and adaptation, population genomics, ecological genomics (including speciation and hybridization), population epigenomics.

Details and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=300158&semester=2019S

Course Academic Credits: 6 ECTS
Content:
Advanced course in population genetics to introduce modern research topics. The course consists of six modules on i) selection inference sweeps ii) gene expression iii) speciation genetics / hybrid zones iv) quantitative genetics v) selfish elements vi) comparative genomics / phylogenomics. Each module is taught by a different expert from various institutions in Vienna, providing students with an overview of active research topics. Modules are structured in an intro lecture and two seminar units. Seminars are based on key research papers, computational tools and/or biological data to provide a first-hand insight into current research themes.
Requirements: The modules require some basic knowledge of population genetics, on the level of an intro lecture into population genetics. Interested students who have never attended a population genetics course should contact J. Hermisson in advance for additional preparatory literature. All six assignments need to be fulfilled and contribute with equal weight to the final grade. A “fail” grade in at most one assignment is admitted to pass the course.
Evaluation: The grade is based on 6 assignments (one per module), eg an essay on a research paper or research topic (~ 5-7 pages including references and figures).
Registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=470004&semester=2019S

Course Academic Credits: 5 ECTS
Content:
Advanced lecture in mathematical population genetics with a focus on evolutionary processes is structured populations (structured coalescent) and footprints of selection (selective sweeps, background selection).
Evaluation: oral examination
Registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=250123&semester=2019S

Course Academic Credits: 2 ECTS
Content:
The subject of this lecture will be the basic structure and composition of bacterial, archaeal, and eucaryotic genomes and their evolution. Fundamental mechanisms of molecular evolution will be explained such as gene duplication, genome duplication, gene conversion, exon shuffling, transposition, mutation and conservation of DNA and protein sequences, saturation of observed substitutions, molecular clock. Further, mechanisms and role of lateral gene transfer between procaryotes will be discussed.
Registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=300036&semester=2019S

Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS
Content:
We will discuss common types of sequencing data and perform hands on analyses in:
1. Genomics:

  • DNA sequencing platforms
  • Tools for genome assemblies

2. Transcriptomics:

  • RNA-seq and Ribo-profiling analysis, detection of differentially expressed genes
  • Evolution of gene expression

3. Epigenomics:

  • Examples of analyses different datasets, including bisulfite sequencing (methylation), DNase-Seq (regulatory regions), Chip-Seq (histone modifications)

Target audience: Experimental biologists and/or theoreticians looking to analyze large-scale sequencing data.
Teaching format: Each week there will be an introductory lecture followed by a computational assignment.
Evaluation: Project report
Course website: https://phd.pages.ist.ac.at/course-list/
Registration: Details at IST course website

Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS
Content:
Population genetics seeks to understand how the genetic composition of populations changes as they evolve. The course will cover the fundamental evolutionary processes, and especially, selection. Random drift and the coalescent will be covered more fully in “Applications of Stochastic Processes”, which requires somewhat more mathematics. Lectures will be accompanied by simulation exercises.
Prerequisites: Basic mathematical and computational ability, some knowledge of evolution (e.g. Intro to Evolution, or equivalent).
Evaluation: Homework
Course website: https://phd.pages.ist.ac.at/course-list/
Registration: Details at IST course website

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