Upcoming Course: Molecular Evolution & Phylogenetics Course

Applications are being invited from eligible candidates to apply for a Bioinformatics training in Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics course to be held at College of Medicine from 20 to 22 September 2017. The MalawiLiverpool Wellcome Trust Training grant is funding the training courses. Successful applicants will be awarded scholarships to cover course fees subject
to terms and conditions. Successful applicants will cover their own transport and accommodation cost to and from the training.

The Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics course will introduce concepts, techniques and tools for understanding molecular evolution and phylogenetics. The course starts
with a brief introduction to molecular evolution. It covers sequence alignment both local and global. Then, it applies distance matrices generated from sequence alignment in
constructing different kinds of phylogenetic trees as a way of understanding molecular evolution and relationship between species. The course ends with analysis and interpretation of phylogenetic trees. Topics will be delivered using a mixture of lectures, practical sessions and open discussions.
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Target group
The course is aimed at researchers, lecturers and students in mathematical, medical and biological sciences. Examples of these fields include but are not
limited to Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Medical Sciences, Medicine, Informatics, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry and the like.


Applicants have to show that:

    • they are working in a field that requires application of Bioinformatics
    • students have to demonstrate intent to enroll in Bioinformatics specialty in
      the nearest future;
    • they are interested in Bioinformatics research;
  • they are doing research that requires Bioinformatics skills and knowledge or
  • they are in a position to transfer Bioinformatics knowledge to others in their
    work environment.


Spaces available

20 trainees will be admitted into each training. Courses Details

  • Duration: 3 days, full time
  • Dates: 20 to 22 September 2017
  • Venue: Chimutu Building, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi
  • Some of the topics covered by the course
    • Sequence Alignment
    • Distance matrices
    • Scoring matrices
    • Understanding phylogenetic trees
    • Construction of phylogenetic trees
    • Interpretation and application of Phylogenetic trees



    • Successful applicants will be awarded scholarships to cover the training fees through funding from the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Training Grant subject to terms and conditions;
  • The course fees will include lunch, refreshments and training materials;
  • Accommodation and transport for participants is NOT included in the course fees;
  • There will be no allowances or per diems that will be given to participants for attending the training.


How to apply
To apply for the training send your CV and motivation via email to Mrs Mercy Chavura to the email: chavura@medcol.mw


Due date

  • Applications are due on 4th September 2017;
  • Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application by 11th September 2017;
  • Successful applications to be awarded scholarships for the course fees and they will be required to sign a legally binding agreement before the start of the course.