Concepts in Evolutionary Studies Workshop – Roscoff, France

Biological network analyses have been recently shown to be a powerful tool in biological sciences, playing a crucial role in identifying such processes as horizontal gene transfer and biogeographic patterns. A five day workshop entitled Introduction the concepts and methods of networks in evolutionary studies ran from June 24-30, 2018 in Roscoff, France. The workshop featured leading mathematicians, computer scientists, and both eukaryotic and prokaryotic biologists to offer a comprehensive introduction to concepts of biological networks with a beautiful seaside view.

Kevin attended this workshop last month where he learned how to combine simple python scripts with cutting edge bioinformatics pipeline to construct and analyze different kinds of biological networks. It is anticipated that network analysis will be an important part of his current research project in characterizing the biogeographic distribution of known Vibrio cholerae strains and reconstructing the evolutionary history of the 7th pandemic lineage.

 Kevin enjoying the scenic seaside along with the other 2018 workshop members. 

Kevin enjoying the scenic seaside along with the other 2018 workshop members.