Instructors: Cassandra Extavour, Andrew Murray
Lectures: MW 10:30 – 12:00
Discussion: F 10:00 – 12:00
This is a graduate student class that will provide an integrated introduction to the interface between genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology. Our aim is to assume a minimum of background information and progress rapidly to a sophisticated level of understanding by focusing on a few examples rather than trying to provide a comprehensive view of a very large subject. The course will begin with three lectures on applying quantitative approaches to understanding biological problems (Murray), touch on Darwin/Wallace and Mendel in their historical contexts (Andrew Berry/Murray), discuss how to find and analyze genetic elements that control traits of interest (Extavour/Murray), introduce some key concepts in population genetics (Murray), cover the evolution of developmental processes, biological regulatory networks, and proteins (Extavour), and close by discussing some unsolved problems in evolution.