Bioinformatics Analysis for Conservation Genomics
- Design conservation genomics projects
- Genome assembly and quality control
- Variant calling
- Historical demography estimation
- Use of Unix command line to access Smithsonian high-performance computing resources and pre-compiled software
- Conduct sophisticated genomic analyses
- Evaluate conservation genomics research literature
Participants should have completed basic genetics and evolutionary biology coursework or have previous experience with genetics, genomics, or evolutionary biology.
October 10 – 19, 2018
- Available Formats
Graduate (CONS 630, 3 credits)
Professional Training (MCCS 0528, 8.8 CEUs)
Graduate: $2516 – $3279.50 | See Mason’s graduate tuition rates
Professional Training: $$1698.50 – $2448.50*
*Includes registration, lodging, and meals
Apply by August 1, 2018 for first consideration
Payment Deadline: August 15, 2018
Meet the Faculty
This course provides a survey of the concepts, methods, and software used in conservation genomics research. Participants review theory and methods and perform hands-on tutorials using the tools necessary for conservation genomics science. Throughout the course we’ll be working with sample data from the Red Siskin genome project (redsiskin.org). Participants learn how to design conservation genomics projects, how to choose which software packages best fit their data, how to use common software packages, and how to interpret the results. By the end of the course, participants will be able to conduct sophisticated genomic analyses and critically evaluate current conservation genomics research literature.
This course is designed for graduate students and early-career researchers interested in designing conservation genomics projects or already generating genome data to acquire the skills necessary to: assemble and annotate a genome and transcriptome, estimate demographic history and signatures of natural selection, and compare to existing genomic resources. The hands-on tutorials in this workshop will be performed on a High-Performance Computing Cluster via the Unix command line. Although some review of Unix will be included in the course, all participants should be familiar with basic Unix commands. We recommend this short tutorial:
Total cost includes:
- Instruction, course manual, and other course materials
- Airport pick-up and drop-off shuttle service at Dulles International Airport (IAD) at pre-arranged times. We do not provide ground transportation shuttle service to or from any other airports in the Washington, DC, region
- Transportation for course activities
- Daily full-service buffet at the SMSC Dining Commons.
- Housing at the SMSC Residential Facility, including a shared room with bathroom (single rooms available at extra cost)
Acceptance does not guarantee you a seat in the course. Seats are allocated as registration payments are received, and early registration is strongly encouraged to ensure you get a spot.
Interested in Commuting?
Due to early morning and late evening field activities, commuting to this course is not encouraged. With the course coordinator’s written approval in advance of registration/payment, local participants may elect to stay off campus and commute. Meals in the Dining Commons can then be purchased individually as needed.