Primer on Medical and Population Genetics

The Primer on Medical and Population Genetics is a series of informal weekly discussions of basic genetics topics that relate to human populations and disease. Experts from across the Broad Institute community give in-depth introductions to the basic principles of complex trait genetics, including human genetic variation, genotyping, DNA sequencing methods, statistics, data analysis, and more.

Videos of these sessions are made freely available for viewing here and are geared toward a wide audience that includes research technicians, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and established investigators just entering the field. Videos are also available for streaming at the Broad's YouTube channel and are downloadable as podcasts at iTunesU.

If you'd like more information about the primers or have suggestions for future topics, contact seminar series organizer Chris Newton-Cheh.

Recent Primers
   9/11/14 Introduction to complex trait genetics
[ video ]
David Altshuler,
Deputy Director, Broad Institute
   10/2/14 Human Genetic Variation
[ video ]
Mark Daly,
Co-Director, Medical and Population Genetics Program, Broad Institute
  10/30/14 Genome-wide association studies: past and present
[ video ]
Alisa Manning
Altshuler Lab, Broad Institute
  11/6/14 Mendelian traits focusing on methods, modifiers and implications for complex traits
[ video ]
James Gusella,
Associate Member, Broad Institute
  11/13/14 Sequencing and rare variant analysis
[ video ]
Ben Neale
Associated Researcher, Broad Institute
12/4/14 High-throughput sequencing and calling pipelines
[ video ]
Eric Banks
Group Leader, Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program, Broad Institute
  11/12/15 Translating non-coding variants to therapeutics in GWAS and cancer
[ video ]
Manolis Kellis
Associated Researcher, Broad Institute
1/8/15 Population Genetics
[ video ]
Stephen Schaffner
Computational Biologist, Medical and Population Genetics Program, Broad Institute
1/8/15 Pharmacogenetics Christopher Newton-Cheh
  11/05/15 Annotating gene sequence variation
[ video ] [ video ]
Shamil Sunyaev
Associate Member, Broad Institute
  1/29/15 Structural variation
[ video ]
Bob Handsaker
Broad Institute, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research
Harvard Medical School, Department of Genetics
  2/5/15 The Importance of phenotype definition
[ video ]
Jordan Smoller
Research Affiliate, Broad Institute
2/12/15 The microbiome
[ video ]
Ramnik Xavier
Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute  
2/26/15 Analyzing Cancer Genetics
[ video ]
Gad Getz
Director, Cancer Genome Computational Analysis Group, Broad Institute  
3/5/15 Pharmacogenetics Christopher Newton-Cheh
Associate Member, Broad Institute