Population genetics is the study of the transmission of genetic variation through time and space. This course explores the patterns and dynamics of genetic variation in populations and how they are connected to the processes that underlie evolution. Topics include the quantification of genetic variation, mutation, selection and fitness, genetic drift, migration, population structure, quantitative traits, and adaptation at the molecular level. We will also discuss efforts to connect genotype with phenotype and ultimately fitness. Emphasis is placed on the interplay between theory, computer simulations, and data from natural as well as experimental populations. Specific case studies will include the evolution of drug resistance, experimental evolution of microbes, and the genetic structure and evolution of human populations.
Fall 2016 course info (BIOMG 4810 / BTRY 4810):
MWF: 10:10-11:00, Comstock Hall-Academic II B108
Prof. Philipp Messer
102J Weill Hall
Office hours: Wednesdays 11:00-12:30 pm or by appointment
102 Weill Hall
Office hours: TBD
Mondays: 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm, Comstock Hall-Academic II B108
Tuesdays: 1:25 pm – 2:15 pm, Comstock Hall-Academic II B106
Current Topics in Population Genetics
Graduate seminar on current topics in population genetics. Readings are chosen primarily from current scientific literature. Participation in discussion and presentation of at least one paper required for course credit. Prerequisite: BIOMG 4810, BTRY 4810 or permission of instructor.
Spring 2017 course info (BTRY 6890):
Wednesdays: 2:30-3:25 pm, Weill Hall 321