Biodiversity and Evolution (Core Module Bioinformatics)

LP: 10

Summer Semester 2019

Lecture (23779a) Tuesdays 13:00-15:00 (2 SWS)
Seminar (23779c) Tuesdays 15:00-17:00 (2 SWS)
Übung (23779b) Tuesdays 17:00-18:00 (1 SWS)

Location: Seminarraum 3 (R 015) (Königin-Luise-Str. 12/16)

Link to the lectures and seminar papers (NOT YET ACTIVE)

Course Description: Students will gain an understanding of why and how evolutionary bioinformatics and next-generation sequencing (NGS) are applied to modern biodiversity research in natural populations, communities, and ecosystems. The Lectures provide an overview of concepts in evolution and biodiversity as related to bioinformatics and applications of NGS technologies. Topics include the evolution of genes and genomes, the biodiversity of natural communities, and fundamentals of genomic, transcriptomic, and metagenomic analyses as applied to biodiversity. Emphasis is placed on non-model organisms and whole communities. The Seminar complements the lecture. Specific publications on the topic will be presented and discussed. Each student will present one paper and lead one discussion during the semester. Suitable papers will be provided, but students are encouraged to search for relevant publications on the topic themselves and – after consulting the lecturers – present them during the seminar. The Practical (Übung) covers the analysis of empirical (i.e. not simulated) genomic and metagenomic data sets from ongoing research projects.
DateLecture TopicLecturerSeminarsExercises
09.04Course Introduction, Seminar IntroductionMonaghan
16.04Overview of NGS Applications and TechnologiesMazzoni
23.04Evolution of Vertebrate GenomesStoeck
30.04Genome Sequencing and AssemblyUliano da Silva
14.05Biodiversity and DNA Metabarcoding of CommunitiesMonaghan
21.05MetagenomicsMonaghan, Cuadrat
28.05Population Biology and EcologyMazzoni
04.06Population GeneticsMazzoni
11.06Population GenomicsMazzoni
18.06RNAseq in Nonmodel OrganismsJohnston
25.06Plant Genomics and EvolutionTBA
02.07NGS for Nonmodel OrganismsMazzoni
TBAExam (oral)