Courses organized by the URPP Evolution

The following courses are organized and taught by the URPP Evolution bioinformaticians and / or members of the URPP Evolution:

BIO 395 Concepts in Evolutionary Biology

Concepts in evolutionary biology are often used ambiguously, partly because the same terms may have different usage in other fields in biology. The course is designed for graduate students with interdisciplinary projects encompassing evolutionary biology and other disciplines, and provides lectures and simple calculation exercises in population and quantitative genetics.

BIO 395 in Course Catalogue UZH

The course is usually held in spring semester.

Instructors: Barbara König, Michael Krützen, Marcelo Sanchez, Kentaro Shimizu, Anne Roulin, Wolf Blanckenhorn, Anna Lindholm, Macarena Toll Riera

BIO 396 Tutorials in Practical Bioinformatics

Biology is increasingly making use of new technologies that allow the acquisition of genome-wide data (e.g. of genomes, transcriptomes, methylomes). The goal of the tutorials is to teach students the skills to preprocess and analyze their own complex genomic data.

Instructors: Stefan Wyder, Carla Bello

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BIO 555 Scientific Writing for Evolutionary Biologists

All scientists have to write. Some love it, some hate it… This course provides tools and food for thought to enhance your writing and to overcome difficulties in the writing process. We will address the following topics:

• Publishing in Evolutionary Biology: how to write and communicate in the reviewing process

• Writing concise and attractive abstracts: how to structure and summarize complex topics

• Targeting your audience: how to adapt to your readers’ background and interests

• Getting ready to write: approaches to deal with procrastination and how to make use of your chronotype characteristics

The course will provide a cheerful setting to work on these topics, by means of exercises, guided group work, input talks, discussions and individual feedback.

BIO 555 in Course Catalogue UZH

BIO 609 Introduction to UNIX/Linux and Bash Scripting

Practical computing skills are becoming essential in modern biology for data processing and analysis. The goal is to introduce the students to the Linux operating system and command-line tools taking a hands-on approach. Students will learn to write simple bash scripts.

This is a preparatory 1-day course for the courses BIO 610 and BIO 634.

BIO 609 in Course Catalogue UZH

The course is usually held in spring semester.

Instructors: Heidi Tschanz-Lischer, Stefan Wyder


BIO 610 Next-Generation Sequencing for Model and Non-Model Species

Handling of the huge data produced by next generation sequencers (NGS) requires us experimental knowledge and computational skills. The aim of this course is to familiarize the participants with experimental methods and data analysis about NGS. Topics will include: fundamental analysis of the sequence data, UNIX tools, and RNA-seq analysis.

BIO 610 in Course Catalogue UZH

The course is usually held in spring semester.

Instructors: Kentaro Shimizu, Masaomi Hatakeyama, Sun Jianqiang, Tony Kuo, Jun Sese, Rie Shimizu Inatsugi

BIO 634 Next-Generation Sequencing for Model and Non-Model Species 2: Transcriptomes, Variant Calling and Biological Interpretation

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the design and analysis principles of widely used NGS applications based on the course BIO 610. The focus of this follow-up course lies in SNP calling, transcriptome analysis and biological interpretation of gene lists. This course also provides hands-on computer training on the Linux/Unix command line and shell scripting.

BIO 634 in Course Catalogue UZH

When: September 17-18, 2018

Instructors: Kentaro Shimizu, Stefan Wyder, Carla Bello

BIO 692 Introduction to Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS)

In this course, we will discuss the pre-eminent tool for identifying genes that underlie natural phenotypic variation: genome-wide association studies (GWAS).

Originally developed by human geneticists to fine-map genes that underlie human disease, GWAS have the capacity to revolutionize all of the biological sciences. Plant biologists, in particular, have already taken advantage of improvements in sequencing technology in order to characterize genetic variation across the genomes of several species. Doing so has enabled the use of GWAS to fine-map genes that underlie ecologically and agriculturally relevant traits.

BIO 692 in Course Catalogue UZH

When: November 22-23, 2018

Instructors: Matthew Horton, Ümit Seren