Molecular population genetics
14 - 18 January 2008, Geneva
Prof. Alicia Sanchez-Mazas, Dr. Estella S. Poloni, Dr. Mathias Currat
This course intends to learn basic theory and practice in molecular population genetics by proposing theoretical introductions followed by a large set of practical applications using available computer programs, as well as several conferences by invited researchers. Each day, the attendees will work on different genetic data sets prepared by the teachers to analyse genetic diversity within and among populations (of different organisms) and discuss their results. The following topics will be covered:
(1) Analysis of genetic diversity within populations: gene frequency estimation, tests for Hardy-Weinberg and linkage equilibrium, genetic diversity, mismatch distributions, selective neutrality tests (EW, Tajima, Fu, McDonald-Kreitman,...).
(2) Analysis of genetic diversity among populations: genetic distances, molecular distances, analysis of population subdivision, MDS analysis, UPGMA and NJ trees, bootstrap, distance matrix comparison.
The computer programs used in this course include Fstat, Arlequin, DnaSP, Phylip, NTSys and others.
Number of participants: maximum 10
Location: Geneva, Sciences III building, Quai Ernest Ansermet 30, computer room 0078
Schedule: 9 to 12 and 13.30 to 17.30
Personal work: students are required to write a short report at the end of the course
Deadline: November 30th
Send an E-mail to Alicia.Sanchez-Mazas(at)anthro.unige.ch, specifying that you are a doctoral student of the ecology and evolution doctoral program.
Coordinator of the Inter-University
Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution
University of Lausanne
Tel: +41 (0)21 692 4244
Fax: +41 (0)21 692 4165