Summer Course in Population Genomics

Summer course in Population Genomics 2017

January 3 to 7

Programa de Genética Humana, ICBM

Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile


This course will cover topics and methods necessary for the analysis of modern genomic data. It will combine theoretical understanding with a focus on practical applications in population and medical genetics. We will introduce commonly used software for demographic inference, go through guided computational exercises on genomic datasets, and have coding demonstrations. We will focus on methods appropriate for data from recently admixed populations.

Target public: Graduate students, postdocs and faculty in genetics

Language: English

Program of the course: Preliminary_program.pdf

Invited Instructors

Amy Goldberg

PhD student in Population Biology at Stanford University, working with Dr. Noah Rosenberg. She completed her Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Amy’s research develops methods to study population histories, integrating techniques from population genetics, ecology, and archeology. Her recent work has focused on population structure in admixed populations, and the demography of early South Americans.

Shaila Musharoff, PhD

First-year postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Francisco and works with Dr. Noah Zaitlen. She completed her PhD in Genetics in the laboratory of Dr. Carlos D. Bustamante at Stanford University in 2015, and previously completed a MS in Computer Science at New York University. Shaila’s training is in population genetics and computer science. During her PhD work, Shaila developed methods to infer sex-biased demographic histories from genomic data, and the analysis of deleterious alleles in human populations. She is currently doing research in medical and statistical genetics, and focuses on approaches to disease modelling in admixed populations. Shaila has extensive experience with programming languages including R, python, and C.


Responsible Instructor

Ricardo Verdugo, PhD.

Programa de Genética Humana, ICBM
Facultad de Medicina
Universidad de Chile


Target Audience

  • Graduate students, enrolled Program in Genetics or related field. Exceptions may be made for exceptional undergraduate students who justify admission in their letter of intent.
  • Faculty
  • Postdocs

Requirements to enroll

  • Advanced level of English listening. However, assignments can be written in Spanish. Students can ask questions in Spanish. Submit your English certificates with your applications. If none available, submit a letter from your mentor/supervisor giving support for your application and certifying that your level of English will allow you to adequately follow the lectures.
  • A letter of intent. The letter must be written in English, in a formal format, and it must state why you should be accepted in the course (state your academic merits) and how attending the course will affect your career or academic development.
  • Updated CV. This must indicate the degrees obtained, publications, presentations at scientific meetings, work experience, and any other information that you deem relevant. CV can be written in English or Spanish.


Interested applicants who fulfill the above requirements must send an email as follows:

To: Ricardo Verdugo <>

Subject: Application for Short Course in PopGen

Attachments: Letter of intent, English certificates, any other relevant documents as attachments that will help to assess your potential as a student. For instance, recommendations letters, course transcripts (certificados de notas). PDF format is preferred.

Note: Students in the Doctoral Program in Sciences from Universidad de Chile must submit a letter from the director of their program stating that are allowed to take the course.


  • Free for U-Chile students
  • Free for students, postdocs and faculty from member laboratories of U-Genoma
  • CLP 80.000 everyone else

Application deadline

Dec 14th 2016



Grant U-Redes 2016, VID, U-Chile


Grant CONICYT USA2013-0015: “Genomic investigation of the human biodiversity in the pre-Columbian and contemporary Chilean Patagonia.”

Frequently asked questions

  1. No soy estudiante de la Universidad de Chile. ¿Puedo postular a una beca?
    1. R: Sí es posible dado que nuestro principal objetivo es llegar a la mayor cantidad de estudiantes posibles Sin embargo, el que podamos hacerlo dependerá de cuántos estudiantes de la U. de Chile postulen. Instamos a todos los interesados en postular y que argumenten en su carta de motivación porqué deberían ser aceptados y justifiquen porqué requieren de una beca.