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Computational Phylogenetics

Learn to use R and BaSh to:
  • Analyse and reconstruct evolutionary relationships between organisms with DNA and Protein sequences
  • Analyse molecular data and build and interpret phylogenetic trees.
  • Identifying and tracking the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19
  • Identify new drug targets for complex diseases such as cancers
  • Discovering new CRISPR-Cas Modules

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About the Course

About the Course

Get hands on-experience in constructing, building and interpreting relationships between organisms using molecular data. With modern computational tools from R and BASh, you will be able to reproduce and interpret high fidelity phylogenetic trees that have being reported in Nature and Cell papers. In your final project, you will use phylogenetic trees to either tract evolution of a virus (COVID-19) or recommend potential drug targets for complex cancers.
Course Syllabus

What is phylogenetics?

  • Meaning
  • Why is it important

What is molecular data?

  • Digital formats of DNA, RNA and protein (Hands On)
  • Getting biological data

Tools and Algorithms for constructing phylogenetic trees (Hands On)

  • Parts of a tree (Root, nodes, edges, branches, clades, topology, confidence)
  • Methods in phylogenetic tree construction
  • Tree construction with ClustalW (Hands-On)

Interpreting phylogenetic trees with R (Hands On)

  • ape
  • dendextend
  • ggtree (Honorable mention)
Technologies you will use




Linux OS

Linux OS







Computational Phylogenetics

100% Practice Oriented
Immediately applicable skills
High quality portfolio projects
Price: $ 100 per month

Here is the Plan

Estimated Time

2 weeks

Start by

March 6th


R, Bash

Real world projects

From industry and academia

Self-paced, flexible learning

Control your learning time and pace

Support for computing

You don't have to buy a new computer to learn

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