Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience (University of Florida): NSF-funded Workshop - Testing for Positive Selection in a Phylogenetic Framework using NGS-based datasets: July 22-24 (posted 2019-04-30)


A three-day workshop will be held at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience (University of Florida) during July 22-24, 2019. The workshop organizers, Drs. Scott Santagata and Joseph Ryan, will lead participants through a series of computational exercises having the following goals:

We will provide supplementary training on aspects of Orthologous gene assignments (OrthoFinder), removing paralogous genes to establish single-copy orthologous gene alignments (PhyloPYPruner), and multi-gene phylogenetic relationships (RAxML).
We will establish collaborative research groups to test for genes under positive selection from diverse organisms and habitats (e.g., polar, terrestrial, marine, tropical) using genomic and transcriptomic datasets.
We will evaluate current analytical methods for determining positive selection (e.g., PAML, HyPHy) and their statistical significance.

Participants are encouraged to work with their own NGS-based datasets, but sample datasets will also be provided and analyzed using a Docker-based bioinformatics platform. Applicants with transcriptomic datasets that span ecological boundaries (e.g. high vs. low latitudinal habitats, marine vs. freshwater habitats, deep vs. shallow water habitats, etc.) will be given priority. However, anyone who is interested in learning these techniques is encouraged to apply.

Lodging will be provided in the Research Village Cabins at the Whitney Laboratory (https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/support/research-village-at-whitney-laboratory/) at no cost to participants. Funds will also be provided to offset the costs of round trip travel based on the number of participants and demonstrated need. Participants should plan to arrive during the afternoon of July 21st and leave in the afternoon/evening of the 24th.

To apply please email scott.santagata@liu.edu (due date: 06/01/19) with one attached PDF document containing: A) Current CV, B) One-page description detailing your research experiences and how this workshop fits into your overall career goals, and C) Estimated funds needed for round trip travel. Graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career investigators from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Applications may be accepted after the due date depending on the number of applicants and amount of available funds.