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 (see map)

Link to the lectures and seminar papers

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 IntroductionMichael Monaghan
16.04Overview of NGS Applications and TechnologiesCamila Mazzoni
23.04Evolution of Vertebrate GenomesMatthias StoeckHabibolahi, Zavaropoulou
30.04Genome Sequencing and AssemblyMarcela Uliano da SilvaHeinig, Grundlach
07.05Microbial Biodiversity and MetagenomicsMichael Monaghan + Rafael CuadratHiort, Budzyak
14.05Plant Genomics and EvolutionKaty JonesPohl, Wagner
21.05DNA MetabarcodingMichael MonaghanTembrockhaus, Kmiecinski
28.05Population Biology and EcologyViktoriia RadchukHartmaring, Jenke
04.06Population GeneticsCamila MazzoniHertzberg, Tsybulskyi
11.06Population GenomicsCamila MazzoniTrofimova, Ritschel
18.06RNAseq in Non-model OrganismsPaul JohnstonRössler, Sánchez Alba
25.06Metabarcoding ApplicationsJonas ZimmermannRomanovsky, Leal del Ojo Rossello
02.07NGS for Non-model OrganismsCamila MazzoniEitel, Akbari
09.07Review
TBAExam (oral)