Training

C3BI Courses: Introduction to Molecular Phylogenetics – Hong Kong 2018

General Information:

This introductory course aims to give the basic theoretical and practical concepts, best practices, and software necessary to start working on molecular phylogenetics and its applications to epidemiology. The course will have theoretical morning sessions followed by small groups practice for a few selected students with their own data. Flyer for the course: CLICK ME

Topics:

  • Introduction to phylogeny: General principles for the inference, interpretation of trees, and application to infectious diseases
  • Introduction to the math behind the trees and evolutionary models
  • Distance and parsimony methods
  • Maximum likelihood methods
  • Bayesian methods, phylodynamics
  • Branch supports, bootstrapping
  • How to select the best method and evolutionary model
  • Tree dating, reconstructing and using character evolution
  • Molecular epidemiology

Teachers:

Chair: Olivier Gascuel, C3BI, Institut Pasteur (France)   Anna Zhukova, C3BI, Institut Pasteur (France) Frédéric Lemoine, C3BI, Institut Pasteur (France) Hein Min Tun, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong Julien Guglielmini, C3BI, Institut Pasteur (France) Sebastian Duchene, University of Melbourne (Australia) Tim Vaughan, ETH Zürich (Switzerland) Tommy Lam, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong Veronika Boskova, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

Course dates:

Monday, October 22nd to Saturday, October 27th

Pre-requisites:

  • Basic knowledge on how to use sequence databanks
  • Basic knowledge using Blast and multiple alignments software
  • Basic knowledge on statistics (tests, distributions, parameter estimation)

Applications:

Open to postgraduate students, MD, DVM, postdoctoral fellows and young scientists from Hong Kong and overseas. The course fees are 500HK for the theory sessions and 1000HK for the full course. Students coming from the Institut Pasteur international Network will have the fees waived. Please fill in the following application form before August 7st Midnight (HK time). Use the link if you can’t see the embedded form: https://goo.gl/forms/rgYrUNrEz6rqgELP2)