Quantitative genetics - Module 4 - Swiss institute in statistical genetics

8-10 September 2014 (2,5 days)

Course in collaboration with CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology & Evolution


Prof. William M. Muir, University of Purdue (USA)

Prof. J. Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona (USA)

Objectives and Content

Quantitative Genetics is the analysis of complex characters where both genetic and environment factors contribute to trait variation. Since this includes most traits of interest, such as disease susceptibility, crop yield, and all microarray data, a working knowledge of quantitative genetics is critical in diverse fields from plant and animal breeding, human genetics, genomics, to ecology and evolutionary biology.

The course will cover the basics of quantitative genetics including: Fishers variance decomposition, covariance between relatives, heritability, inbreeding and crossbreeding, and response to selection.

Also an introduction to advanced topics such as: Mixed Models, BLUP, QTL mapping; correlated characters; and the multivariate response to selection.

Background reading: Lynch, M. and Walsh, B. 1998. Genetics and analysis of quantitative traits. Sinauer Associates.

General information

Date:   8-10 September 2014

Schedule: see course web site

Location: University of Lausanne, Biophore, Amphitheater

Credit point: 1.5 credit point (Research tools)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact  the CUSO doctoral program coordinator Caroline Betto-Colliard

  • Please bring your laptop to the course!

Registration fee : Free for participants belonging to a CUSO University (UniBE, UniFR, UniGE, UniL & UniNE)

Meals : The DP-biol doctoral program in Organismal biology does not reimburse meals

Travel expenses: For participants of the DP-biol doctoral program in Organismal biology, the train (2nd class, half-ticket) from home University to University of  Lausanne (with city ticket) will be reimbursed (see also more information )


Priority is given to PhD students of the DPEE and the DP-biol until 15 April 2014. After this deadline, first-come, first-served!

Maximum number of participants: 60

!PREREQUISITE! Have attended the course "An Introduction to R" or a similar course.

Online registration on the CUSO doctoral program Ecology and Evolution web site: closed

Deadline: 22 August 2014