Practical Course

European Molecular Biology Organization


Computational molecular evolution

29 April - 10 May 2012 | Heraklion | Greece

This EMBO Practical course is co-sponsored by
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies



The need for effective and informed analysis of biological sequence data is increasing with the explosive growth of biological sequence databases.  A molecular evolutionary framework is central to many Bioinformatics approaches used in these analyses, e.g., de novo gene finding from genomic sequences.

Additionally, explicit use of molecular evolutionary and phylogenetic analyses also provide important insights in their own right, e.g., analysis of adaptive evolution in viruses providing clues of their interaction with host immune systems.

To this end, we aim to provide postgraduate (and more advanced) researchers with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to carry out molecular evolutionary analyses on sequence data. The course will be aimed at students with a wide range of different levels of experience.

The course will offer a unique opportunity for direct interaction with some of the world-leading scientists and authors of famous analysis tools (John Huelsebeck, Olivier Gascuel, Nick Goldman, Ziheng Yang, Bruce Rannala, etc.) in evolutionary Bioinformatics. 
The course will entail data retrieval and assembly, alignment techniques, phylogeny reconstruction, hypothesis testing, and population genetic approaches.

Registration fees:
i)  Non-local students: 350 Euro (includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation)
ii) Local students: 75 Euro (excluding accommodation and dinner)

NB: Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and need to make reservations directly with the hotel themselves.



We look forward to welcoming you to Heraklion!

The Organisers



Host Institute


Hellenic Centre for Marine Research




The Astir Beach Hotel
(Gouves Iraklio )


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