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Statistical Genomics
(1 - 28 June 2009)

Jointly organized with Department of Statistics and Applied Probability in celebration of 80th Anniversary of Faculty of Science


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The recent years have witnessed great advances in molecular biology and related fields. The human genome project, the microarray technology, the international HapMap project, and so on, have greatly broadened the frontier of genetic studies. The microarray technology has made it possible to examine gene expression levels at the genome scale, to study genome-wide DNA copy number changes, to identify the binding targets of a transcription factor under different conditions and so on. The availability of millions of SNPs has made it feasible to carry out genome-wide studies for disease gene mapping and quantitative trait mapping. The proliferation of huge amounts of data brought out by the new technologies is changing the phase of almost all traditional areas of genetic studies from genetics of experimental organisms to human genetics. A new era of genetic studies has begun.

Statistics has been playing an important role from the outset of genetic studies. With the mountainous amount of data generated by the new technologies, statistics becomes even more indispensable. The success in understanding the data generated from genomic studies becomes more and more dependent on the concerted effort among geneticists, biologists, statisticians, mathematicians and other scientists.

The new era of genomic studies has created great opportunities and also posed enormous challenges. To face up the challenges in synergy, it is of great interest to gather together prominent geneticists, statistical geneticists and the like to exchange their views and ideas on the ongoing and future development of genomic studies. The program will provide a platform for them to argue, to debate, and to interact with each other. The program will also provide an opportunity for young researchers and graduate students to learn directly from the authorities of the field and to get inspired for their further research.



The program will consist of two workshops, one on Gene Mapping and the other on Genomic Profiling, and a graduate summer school.

The workshop on Gene Mapping will cover topics such as association studies (family and population based), linkage analysis and admixture mapping, which involve both human genetics and experimental genetics, and draw on recent developments in population genetics.

The workshop on Genomic Profiling will cover topics such as inherited copy number variation (CNV) and its role in disease, somatic CNV in cancer genomics, motif detection, expression analysis, eQTL mapping, comparative genomics, origins of replication, epigenetic alternations, e.g., methylation and its role in cancer genomics, etc.

The summer school is intended for graduate students from Singapore as well as overseas universities. It will provide the students with basic training in statistical genetics as well as in topics related to the workshops. It will engage them in research through seminar talks and discussions with the participants of the program. The summer school will be conducted through tutorials, lectures and special seminars as well as other activities.

Summer School application form is available in (MSWord|PDF|PS) format for download


Program Structure

The program will last for one month from 1 to 28 June, 2009. The activities and schedule of the program are as follows:

  • Week 1 (1 - 5 Jun): Tutorials and lectures for the summer school.
  • Week 2 (8 - 12 Jun): Workshop on Gene Mapping and other activities for the summer school.
  • Week 3 (15 - 19 Jun): Workshop on Genomic Profiling and other activities for the summer school.
  • Week 4 (22 - 28 Jun): Free discussions among the participants.


Students and researchers who are interested in attending these activities and who do not require financial aid are requested to complete the online registration form.

The following do not need to register:

  • Those invited to participate.
  • Those applying for financial support.





 Funding for Young Scientists


The Institute for Mathematical Sciences invites applications for membership for participation in the above program. Limited funds to cover travel and living expenses are available to young scientists. Applications should be received at least three (3) months before the commencement of membership. Application form is available in (MSWord|PDF|PS) format for download.


Membership is closed.


More information is available by writing to:
Institute for Mathematical Sciences
National University of Singapore
3 Prince George's Park
Singapore 118402
Republic of Singapore

or email to imssec(AT)


For enquiries on scientific aspects of the program, please email Zehua Chen at stachenz(AT)



Organizing Committee · Confirmed Visitors · Overview · Activities · Venue · Funding for Young Scientists

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