Phylogeny and Evolution using Bioinformatics


Phylogenetic analysis is a central component of bioinformatics. Whether comparing species or analysing gene families (e.g. defining orthology groups), the best possible estimation of the history of the genes is necessary. Phylogenetic methods can provide both an ordered list of events (speciations, duplications), and identify patterns of evolution: species radiations, diversifying selection, shifts in function, etc.


Biological and biomedical research scientists and graduate students without prior training in the field of phylogenetic.

Course objectives

The goal of this course is to learn to build and interpret phylogenetic trees from sequence data, whether to study species evolution or to study gene and genome evolution. This includes proper use of the main software, reading trees to infer relevant conclusions, and downstream analysis of evolutionary patterns. During the course, the students will be encouraged to analyse their own data.


The course was held from September 03 to September 07, 2007 and formally announced through the embnet-news mailing list. The registration form is available here.


The schedule is available here.

Location, housing and transportation

See Organisation page.