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PhD summer course in analyses of genotyping and sequencing data in medical and population genetics
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5081-19-01-31 
Enrollment deadline: 25/07/2019
Date and timeJuly 2019 - August 2019
Regular seats40
ECTS credits5.00
Contact personIda Moltke    E-mail address: ida@bio.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserIda Moltke    E-mail address: ida@bio.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Exam formActive participation during the campus course
Exam aidsAll aids allowed
Grading scalePassed / Not passed
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Class Instruction40.00
Preparation / Self-Study50.00


The course is a comprehensive introduction to a number of topics and common research tools used in analyses of genetic data. Topics include: genetic drift, natural selection, population structure, Fst, linkage disequilibrium, relatedness, association mapping, GWAS, IBD mapping, admixture mapping, genotyping data, next-generation sequencing (NGS) data, 1000 genomes project data. The main focus will be on humans but the methods are applicable for many other species as well. Lectures will be combined with hands-on computer exercises mostly using R and commandline based programs.

Formel requirements
The students are expected to have knowledge about either population genetics or medical genetics and preferable they are actively working within these fields.

Learning outcome
After the course the student will be able to:

•Use population genetic theory to infer basic population genetics characteristics from genetic data, including Fst, population size, relatedness and linkage disequilibrium
•Be able to infer ancestry and population structure based on genetic data
•Select the optimal strategy for disease mapping based on the available data, the trait of interest, and the population genetics characteristics of the sample population, including taking population structure into account
•Perform disease mapping, including genome-wide association studies
•Interpret and discuss the results of own analyses and results in the scientific literature

Notes and articles for background reading prior to course start will be made available on the course webpage (password protected).

Additionally, handouts will be passed out during the course, but for each lecture there is one or two articles/notes that should be read in advance.

Teaching and learning methods
A mix of lectures, hands-on computer exercises and research talks.

Guest lecturer 1:
Research Associate/Lecturer Matteo Fumagalli
College London, United Kingdom

Guest lecturer 2:
Assistant professor Kelley Harris
University of Washington, United States

Guest lecturer 3:
Group leader/assistant professor Benjamin Peter
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

Teacher 1 from UCPH-SCIENCE:
Assistant professor Fernando Racimo, fracimo@snm.ku.dk,

Teacher 2 from UCPH-SCIENCE:
Assistant professor Ida Moltke, ida@binf.ku.dk

Teacher 3 from UCPH-SCIENCE:
Associate professor Anders Albrechtsen, albrecht@binf.ku.dk

Apply for the course by sending a short CV and an application to cphsummercourse@gmail.com

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