Human Evolutionary Genetics
19.10.2017 - 09.02.2018
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Enard
Dr. Noemie Becker
Dr. Sonja Grath
This seminar discusses new and classical papers about how and when human populations evolved. Each week, two students are assigned a topic for a 15 minutes presentation. The topics are related to the article discussed that week but should not be based on the article only. Everyone else is expected to read the paper and contribute to the discussion.
- Human Biology
- nbecker AT bio.lmu.de
- grath AT bio.lmu.de
3 ECTS, 2 SWS
Every week, Thursday, 8:30-10:00
You will get an ungraded certificate (pass/fail) for the course.
To successfully pass the course, you have to:
- Attend all seminars: We allow one 'joker'. Make sure that you sign the attendance sheet each week.
- Give a presentation
- Be active in the discussions
In case your program requires you to get a graded certificate, please inform the instructors at the beginning of the course.
to the requirements above, if you need a graded certificate, you have to:
- Write a short essay (3-4 pages) on the topic of your presentation
- You final grade will be based on both your presentation and the essay.
You can download the course syllabus here
Program (Winter Semester 2017/18)
Session 1 (Oct 19, 2017): Introduction (by the lecturers)
Session 2 (Oct 26, 2017): Mitochondrial Eve
- Introduction of the main concepts of human evolutionary genetics;
: Mitochondrial DNA and human evolution. Cann, Stoneking and Wilson (1987), Nature.
: Interview with R. Cann: All about mitochondrial Eve. Glitschier (2010), PLoS Genetics.
Session 3 (Nov 2, 2017): Y haplotypes
Session 4 (Nov 9, 2017): Actual datasets - The explosion of human data in the last 10 years
Session 5 (Nov 16, 2017): Measures of population structure
Session 6 (Nov 23, 2017): Genes mirror geography
Session 7 (Nov 30, 2017): Speciation
Session 8 (Dec 7, 2017): Reconstructing evolution through linguistics
Session 9 (Dec 14, 2017): Detecting positive selection in human populations
Session 10 (Dec 21, 2017): Immunology/Medical genetics
Session 11 (Jan 11, 2018): Epigenetics
Session 12 (Jan 18, 2018): Anthropometrics
Session 13 (Jan 25, 2018): Ancient DNA
Session 14 (Feb 1, 2018): Ethics questions
Session 15 (Feb 8, 2018): Conclusion (by the lecturers)