The course in Evolutionary Genomics is suitable for you who
- is fascinated by the explosion in genome data
- wants to learn how to analyse, interpret and understand DNA sequences
- wonders why cells, individuals and species differ, and what it means.
You will learn
- population genetics to understand genetic differences within and between populations
- molecular evolution to interpret small sequence differences in DNA, RNA and proteins
- phylogeny to investigate the relationship between species, populations and genes
- genome evolution to understand large changes in the genome.
You will learn to handle, interpret and understand large sets of DNA data and tell which differences are good, bad and neutral.
The course will also deal with subjects such as the genetic history of man, the Neanderthal inside you, speciation, cancer, antibiotics resistance, jumping genes and the never-ending conflict between X- and Y-chromosomes.
The course gives you theoretical and practical skills in DNA sequence analysis. It consists of
- lectures where you learn the most important things in population genetics, molecular evolution, phylogeny and genome evolution.
- scientific articles on human evolution and adaptation which you will present.
- problem solving exercises to teach you how to address common problems in evolutionary genomics.
If you lack previous experience of computational sciences, you will first learn the basics of programming and then proceed with learning fundamental DNA sequence analysis. You will also learn experimental evolution and to study evolutionary changes in microbes in a course lab.
All teaching is in English.