EMBO Practical Course Tree building: Advanced concepts and practice of phylogenetic analysis

The use of phylogenetic methods to reconstruct the evolutionary history of

molecular sequences is a vital part of biological research. These methods
underpin studies on the evolution and epidemiology of plant and animal
parasites and disease-causing organisms, and more generally they allow an
objective analysis of the patterns and processes generating biological
diversity. To carry out phylogenetic analysis properly, it is necessary to
have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the key methods
and approaches. This EMBO Practical Course has been designed to provide the
theoretical and practical skills needed to carry out state-of-the-art
phylogenetic analyses.

The past few years have seen have an explosion in new methods of analysis
including the application of Bayesian analysis methods, the development of
improved non-stationary models that better represent the dynamics of sequence
evolution, the application of population genetic theory to phylogenies
through the use of multispecies coalescent, and the development of methods
for high-throughput genome-wide analyses. This EMBO Practical Course has been
designed to cater for these newest methods and for understanding how they
relate to the more traditional methods. Our goal is to teach technical
sophistication without losing sight of the need for a critical attitude to
data and analyses.

Target audience:  PhD students;  postdoctoral researchers;  Academics;  Industry

Capacity: 20
Eligibility: By invitation; Registration of interest

Keywords: Phylogeny, molecular evolution, molecular modelling, Bayesian inference, Maximum likelihood inference, phylogenomics


Start date: 
Saturday, September 29, 2018
End date: 
CCMAR - Center of Marine Sciences 8005-319 Faro
Cymon J. Cox
Host organization: 
Event type: 
Workshops and courses