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Introduction to hologenomics (Online)
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3262-21-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 23/04/2021
Date and time25.05.2021, at: 09:00 - 04.06.2021, at: 16:00
Regular seats20
Course fee8,400.00 kr.
LecturersAntton Alberdi Estibaritz
Morten T√łnsberg Limborg
ECTS credits5.00
Contact personKirsten Wivel-Snejbjerg    E-mail address: kws@adm.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.
Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Explain the basics of holobiont theory in both evolutionary, applied and human health contexts.
2. Understand molecular based hologenomics methods.
3. Critically interpret results from hologenomic data sets.
4. Critically assess primary literature in the field of microbiota and hologenomic research.
5. Design a complete hologenomic study including sampling design, laboratory methods and statistical analyses.

The course will provide students with a solid theoretical and technical background on the novel field of hologenomics. Students will learn key concepts such as holobionts, host-microbe interactions, multi-omics and evolutionary adaptations. During the course students will become familiar with proper sampling protocols and how to design a concrete hypothesis-testing study. The teaching will consist of short introductory lectures, discussions of new literature and group exercises to design a concrete case study. Cases can be of both basic and applied nature. The groups will focus on properly designing all aspects of a real life hologenomics project including experimental design, labwork, bioinformatics, and statistics. Ultimately, groups of students will pitch their study to the remaining class and teachers and receive feedback mimicking a real-life grant application procedure. The detailed agenda can be seen at this link.

PhD students from a broad range of biological, health and life sciences with an interest in understanding the functional and evolutionary aspects of host-microbiota interactions. Students are expected to have a basic theoretical understanding of evolution, biostatistics, and molecular biology. Students are also expected to have experience with laboratory procedures such as PCR, Next Generation Sequencing, and sequence data analyses.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to all PhD students enrolled at the GLOBE PhD graduate programme, and further for the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of the Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

- Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
- Immunology and Infectious Diseases
- Veterinary Clinical Sciences


Lectures, group work, discussions, oral presentations

Course directors
Antton Alberdi, Associate Professor, Section for Evolutionary Genomics, GLOBE
Morten T Limborg, Associate Professor, Section for Evolutionary Genomics, GLOBE

Antton Alberdi, Associate Professor, Section for Evolutionary Genomics, GLOBE
Morten T Limborg, Associate Professor, Section for Evolutionary Genomics, GLOBE
Shyam Gopalakrishnan, Associate Professor, Section for Evolutionary Genomics, GLOBE
Sandra Breum Andersen, Associate Professor, Section for Evolutionary Genomics, GLOBE
Ostaizka Aizpurua, Assistant Professor, Section for Evolutionary Genomics, GLOBE
Miyako Kodama, Assistant Professor, Section for Evolutionary Genomics, GLOBE

From 25 May 2021 to 4 June 2021

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Please register before 23 April 2021.

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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