Statistics and Next Generation Sequencing

Tanja Gesell
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2018W, Lecture and Discussion (VOD), 1.0 semester hours, course number S02564


Next generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized genomic research. Today, using NGS an entire human genome can be sequenced within days with low costs.
The statistic and next generation sequencing course of Tanja Gesell and Elin Axelsson-Ekker will impart knowledge of statistical thinking, and fundamentals of data exploration and analysis. Additionally, students will learn the basics of a programming language relevant for statistics, the R language. R is one of the most widely used statistical languages in Data Science across a wide variety of disciplines.
After the first part of this course, students should have general statistical skills, which they can apply, in different fields. In the second part of the course, they will learn and apply special skills and programs that are necessary for their project work in which the students will get to process an authentic NGS-dataset. We will include the students in the analysis, based on their current knowledge, skills and preferences.

Examination Modalities

The grade will depend the contributions to the discussions and exercises during the semester (50%) and the project work (50%). Attendance at the lecture is not mandatory but recommended.


Students from other faculties or universities will be given a place on the course subject to room capacities.


29 November 2018, 08:30–13:30
30 November 2018, 08:30–13:30
06 December 2018, 08:30–13:30
10 January 2019, 08:30–13:30
17 January 2019, 08:30–13:30

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

co-registration: possible (2.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (2.0 ECTS)