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
2/12/15 The microbiome
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Ramnik Xavier
Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute  
   9/10/15 Introduction to complex trait genetics Mark Daly,
Co-director, Program in Medical and Population Genetics, Broad Institute
  09/24/15 Genome-wide association studies: past and present Alisa Manning
Altshuler Lab, Broad Institute
  10/1/15 Mendelian traits focusing on methods, modifiers and implications for complex traits James Gusella,
Associate Member, Broad Institute
10/15/15 High-throughput sequencing and variant calling pipelines Geraldine Van der Auwera
Data Sciences & Data Engineering, Broad Institute
  10/22/15 Analysis of rare variants from sequencing studies Kaitlin Samocha
Graduate Student, Broad Institute
10/29/15 Natural selection and human genetic variation Stephen Schaffner
Computational Biologist, Medical and Population Genetics Program, Broad Institute
12/10/15 Pharmacogenetics Christopher Newton-Cheh
  11/05/15 Annotating gene sequence variation
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Shamil Sunyaev
Associate Member, Broad Institute
  11/12/15 Translating non-coding variants to therapeutics in GWAS and cancer
[ video ]
Manolis Kellis
Associated Researcher, Broad Institute
  12/3/15 Mitochondrial genomics Sarah Calvo
Computational Biologist, Broad Institute
12/10/15 Pharmacogenetics
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Christopher Newton-Cheh
Associate Member, Broad Institute
  12/17/15 Structural variation
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Bob Handsaker
Broad Institute, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research
Harvard Medical School, Department of Genetics
1/7/16 Challenges in Cancer Genomics
[ video ]
Gad Getz
Director, Cancer Genome Computational Analysis Group, Broad Institute  
  1/14/16 The Importance of phenotype definition
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Jordan Smoller
Research Affiliate, Broad Institute