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Quantitative Genetics - Swiss Institute in Statistical Genetics - Module 3


11-13 September 2017


A joint course with the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology
Prof. Jérôme Goudet, University of Lausanne (CH)
Prof. Bruce Weir, University of Washington (US)


Prof. Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona (US)

Prof. Guilherme J. M. Rosa, University of Wisconsin (US)


Quantitative Genetics is the analysis of complex characters where both genetic and environment factors contribute to trait variation. Since this includes most traits of interest, such as disease susceptibility, crop yield, growth and reproduction in animals, human and animal behavior, and all gene expression data (transcriptome and proteome), a working knowledge of quantitative genetics is critical in diverse fields from plant and animal breeding, human genetics, genomics, behavior, to ecology and evolutionary biology. The course will cover the basics of quantitative genetics including: genetic basis for complex traits, population genetic assumptions including detection of admixture, Fisher’s variance decomposition, covariance between relatives, calculation of the numerator relationship matrix based on IBD alleles and an arbitrary pedigree, the genomic relationship matrix based on AIS alleles, heritability in the broad and narrow sense, inbreeding and crossbreeding, and response to selection. Also an introduction to advanced topics such as: Mixed Models, Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP), Genomic selection (GBLUP), Genome Wide Association Analysis (GWAS), QTL mapping, detection of selection from genomic data, correlated characters; and the multivariate response to selection.


Background reading: Lynch, M. and B. Walsh. 1998. Genetics and analysis of quantitative traits. Sinauer Associates.


University of Lausanne






Full attendance and active participation


Participants should have some basic knowledge of basics genetics


11-13 September 2017
September 11th: 09h00-12h00 and 13h30-17h30

September 12th: 09h00-12h00 and 13h30-17h30

September 13th: 09h00-12h00


University of Lausanne

Biophore building, Amphitheater


- Please bring your laptop to the course!


Caroline Betto-Colliard
Phone: +41 (0)21 692 42 44

Registration Fees: 

Free for participants belonging to a CUSO University (UniBE, UniFR, UniGE, UniL & UniNE) and PhD students of the DP-biol.

250CHF for Academic participants

500CHF for Non-Academic participants

The registration fees do not comprise accomodation and food.




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


Regarding reimbursement of accomodation, please contact Caroline Betto-Colliard (ecologie-evolution(at) BEFORE the beginning of the course (only for PhD students of the DPEE ).


For all other PhD students, please check reimbursement conditions on the website of your doctoral program.


CUSO PhD students: through your MyCUSO account. 


External participants (non-CUSO PhD students, post-docs, etc...): use the icon "registration" at top of page and the last gray box "non-CUSO student" ("personne hors myCUSO").



Deadline for registration 13.08.2017
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