Molecular Population Genetics: making sense of sequence data (Hermisson, Barton, Kofler, Nordborg, Paun, Sachdeva, Swarts)

Course Academic Credits: 6 ECTS
Dates: Every Monday during term 9:00 – 11:30, online or seminar room 09.143, 9th floor Mathematics Department, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna (depending on the pandemic). Begin: March 1st, 2021 online via Zoom. Please register in time that we have a full student list (with emails) as soon as possible.
Content: Advanced course in population genetics to introduce modern research topics. The course consists of five modules on i) selection inference sweeps ii) complex traits iii) association mapping vi) selfish elements v) 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/assessment: The modules require 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 to discuss whether attending the advanced course makes sense. The grade is based on 5 assignments (one per module), eg an essay on a research paper or research topic (~ 5-7 pages including references and figures). All five 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.

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