Practical Course

European Molecular Biology Organization


MOLECULAR EVOLUTION                                     






3 - 12 May | 2010 |IMBG | Iraklio (Crete) | Greece

About the Practical Course


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The need for effective and informed analysis of biological sequence data is increasing with the explosive growth of biological sequence databases.  A molecular evolutionary framework is central to many Bioinformatics approaches used in these analyses, e.g., de novo gene finding from genomic sequences.

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Additionally, explicit use of molecular evolutionary and phylogenetic analyses also provide important insights in their own right, e.g., analysis of adaptive evolution in viruses providing clues of their interaction with host immune systems.


To this end, we aim to provide postgraduate (and more advanced) researchers with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to carry out molecular evolutionary analyses on sequence data. The course will be aimed at students with a wide range of different levels of experience.

The course will offer a unique opportunity for direct interaction with some of the world-leading scientists and authors of famous analysis tools (John Huelsebeck, Olivier Gascuel, Nick Goldman, Ziheng Yang, Rasmus Nielsen, etc.) in evolutionary Bioinformatics.

The course will entail data retrieval and assembly, alignment techniques, phylogeny reconstruction, hypothesis testing, and population genetic approaches.

Registration fees:

i)  Non-local students: 300 Euro (includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation)

ii) Local students: 50 Euro (excluding accommodation and dinner)

NB: Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements

We look forward to welcoming you to Crete!

The Organisers

Host Institute


The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority Cyta

A semi-governmental organization incorporated by law, which is the leading provider of Integrated Electronic Communications in Cyprus.

The Astir Beach Hotel
(Gouves Iraklio )




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