Human Evolutionary Genetics
19.10.2017 - 09.02.2018

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Enard
Dr. Noemie Becker
Dr. Sonja Grath

Course Description

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.

Recommended prerequisites





Every week, Thursday, 8:30-10:00


Biozentrum C00.013


You will get an ungraded certificate (pass/fail) for the course.
To successfully pass the course, you have to:
In case your program requires you to get a graded certificate, please inform the instructors at the beginning of the course.
In addition to the requirements above, if you need a graded certificate, you have to:


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
Article 1: Mitochondrial DNA and human evolution. Cann, Stoneking and Wilson (1987), Nature.
Article 2: Interview with R. Cann: All about mitochondrial Eve. Glitschier (2010), PLoS Genetics.

Presenter: tba

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)