ABOUT THE PRACTICAL COURSE
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 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 graduate and postgraduate researchers with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to carry out molecular evolutionary analyses on sequence data.
Preference is given to applicants who:
- are doctoral candidates in the early to middle stages of their thesis research
- already have some familiarity (i.e. have already used some of the relevant tools) with phylogenetic methods
- have already collected/assembled a molecular sequence dataset to analyze in their work
- have experience working in a Unix/Linux command-line environment
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, Bruce Rannala, Alexandros Stamantakis, Ziheng Yang, etc.) in evolutionary Bioinformatics.
The course will entail data retrieval and assembly, alignment techniques, phylogeny reconstruction, hypothesis testing, and population genetic approaches. The course will cover sessions on analysis of both protein and nucleotide sequences, including NGS data.
i) Non-local students: 400 Euro (includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation)
ii) Local students from Crete only: 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.
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