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Molecular Population Genetics


26-30 June 2017


A joint course with the University of Geneva
Prof. Alicia Sanchez-Mazas, University of Geneva (CH)


Prof. Alicia Sanchez-Mazas, University of Geneva (CH)

Dr. Estella Poloni, University of Geneva (CH)

Dr. Mathias Currat, University of Geneva (CH)


This course intends to learn basic theory and practice in molecular population genetics by proposing theoretical introductions followed by a large set of practical applications using available computer programs, as well as several conferences by invited researchers. Each day, the attendees will work on different genetic data sets prepared by the teachers to analyse genetic diversity within and among populations (of different organisms) and discuss their results.


The following topics will be covered:

  1. Analysis of genetic diversity within populations: gene frequency estimation, tests for Hardy-Weinberg and linkage equilibrium, genetic diversity, mismatch distributions, selective neutrality tests (EW, Tajima, Fu, McDonald-Kreitman,...).
  2. Analysis of genetic diversity among populations: genetic distances, molecular distances, analysis of population subdivision, MDS analysis, bootstrap, distance matrix comparison, genetic structure. The computer programs used in this course include Fstat, Arlequin, DnaSP, Structure, R and others.


All charts and graphs will be done by using R and RStudio


University of Geneva




Full attendance and personal work: students are required to write a report at the end of the course


26-30 June 2017
9h00-⁠12h00 & 13h30-17h30


University of Geneva
Computer room, Pavillon Ansermet (26 quai Ernest-Ansermet, 1205 Genève)


The course is given in English. The handout is in English and in French.


PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class) and meals (up to 25 CHF). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) with the reimbursement form to:


Caroline Betto-Colliard

 Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution

 DEE- Biophore Building

 University of Lausanne

 CH-1015 Lausanne



Concerning reimbursement of accomodation, please contact Caroline Betto-Colliard (caroline.betto-colliard(at) BEFORE the beginning of the course.


Priority is given to PhD students of the DPEE until 1st of June 2017. After this deadline, first comes, first serves!

Through your myCUSO account!



Deadline for registration 10.06.2017
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