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470004 VO+SE Molecular Population Genetics: making sense of sequence data (2018S)

Continuous assessment of course work



max. 25 participants
Language: English



Every Monday during term 9:00 - 12:00, Seminar room 09.143, 9th floor Mathematics Department, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna. Begin: 05th March 2018


Aims, contents and method of the course

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.

Assessment and permitted materials

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).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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.

Examination topics

Topics of assignments, see above.

Reading list

Literature and reading assignments will be given during the course.

Association in the course directory

PhD, MES5, MZO W-5

Last modified: Fr 31.08.2018 08:43