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JHU EN.601.749: Computational Genomics: Applied Comparative Genomics

Prof: Michael Schatz (mschatz @
TA: Charlotte Darby (cdarby @
Class Hours: Tuesday + Thursday @ 1:30p - 2:45p in Shaffer 304
Schatz Office Hours: Tuesday + Thursday @ 3-4p in Malone 323 and by appointment
Darby Office Hours: Wednesday @ 4pm in Malone 216 and by appointment

The primary goal of the course is for students to be grounded in theory and leave the course empowered to conduct independent genomic analyses. We will study the leading computational and quantitative approaches for comparing and analyzing genomes starting from raw sequencing data. The course will focus on human genomics and human medical applications, but the techniques will be broadly applicable across the tree of life. The topics will include genome assembly & comparative genomics, variant identification & analysis, gene expression & regulation, personal genome analysis, and cancer genomics. The grading will be based on assignments, a midterm exam, class presentations, and a significant class project. There are no formal course prerequisites, although the course will require familiarity with UNIX scripting and/or programming to complete the assignments and course project.


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# Date Lecture Readings & Resources Assignment
1. Tu 1/30 Introduction * Biological data sciences in genome research (Schatz, 2015, Genome Research)
* Big Data: Astronomical or Genomical? (Stephens et al, 2015, PLOS Biology)
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2. Th 2/1 Genomic Technologies * Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acid (Watson and Crick, 1953, Nature)
* Coming of age: ten years of next-generation sequencing technologies (Goodwin et al, 2016, Nature Reviews Genetics)
* High‐throughput sequencing for biology and medicine (Soon et al, 2013, Molecular Systems Biology)
Assignment 1
3. Tu 2/6 Whole Genome Assembly * Velvet: Algorithms for de novo short read assembly using de Bruijn graphs (Zerbino and Birney, 2008, Genome Research)
* Quake: quality-aware detection and correction of sequencing errors (Kelley et al, 2010, Genome Biology)
* Allpaths-LG: High-quality draft assemblies of mammalian genomes from massively parallel sequence data (Gnerre et al, 2011, PNAS)
* FALCON-unzip: Phased diploid genome assembly with single-molecule real-time sequencing (Chin et al, 2016, Nature Methods)
4. Th 2/8 Whole Genome Assembly and Alignment * Toward simplifying and accurately formulating fragment assembly. (Myers, 1995, J. Comp. Bio.)
* MHAP: Assembling large genomes with single-molecule sequencing and locality-sensitive hashing (Berlin et al, 2015, Nature Biotech)
* Genome assembly forensics: finding the elusive mis-assembly (Phillippy et al, 2008, Genome Biology)
* MUMmer: Alignment of Whole Genomes (Delcher et al, 1999, NAR)
Assignment 2
5. Tu 2/13 Phylogenetics * Molecular phylogenetics: principles and practice (Yang and Rannala, 2012, Nature Reviews Genetics)
* Integrating Markov Clustering and Molecular Phylogenetics to Reconstruct the Cyanobacterial Species Tree from Conserved Protein Families. (Swingley et al., MBE, 2008)
6. Th 2/15 Read Mapping and BWT Notes * How to map billions of short reads onto genomes (Trapnell and Salzberg, 2009, Nature Biotech)
* Bowtie: Ultrafast and memory-efficient alignment of short DNA sequences to the human genome (Langmead et al, 2009, Genome Biology)
* BWA-MEM: Aligning sequence reads, clone sequences and assembly contigs with BWA-MEM (Li, 2013, arXiv)
* SAM/BAM/Samtools: The Sequence Alignment/Map format and SAMtools (Li et al, 2009, Bioinformatics)
* IGV: Integrative genomics viewer (Robinson et al, 2011, Nature Biotech)
Assignment 3
7. Tu 2/20 Variant Analysis * PolyBayes: A general approach to single-nucleotide polymorphism discovery (Marth et al, 1999, Nature Genetics)
* GATK: A framework for variation discovery and genotyping using next-generation DNA sequencing data (Depristo et al, 2011, Nature Genetics)
* Scalpel: Accurate de novo and transmitted indel detection in exome-capture data using microassembly (Narzisi et al, 2014, Nature Methods)
8. Th 2/22 Structural Variant Analysis * Genome structural variation discovery and genotyping (Alkan et al, 2011, Nature Reviews Genetics)
* LUMPY: a probabilistic framework for structural variant discovery (Layer et al, 2014, Genome Biology)
* Assembly Reconciliation (Zimin et al, 2008, Bioinformatics)
* Resolving the complexity of the human genome using single-molecule sequencing (Chaisson et al, 2015, Nature)
Assignment 4
9. Tu 2/27 Genome Arithmetic * BEDTools: a flexible suite of utilities for comparing genomic features (Quinlan & Hall, 2010, Bioinformatics)
* A Parallel Algorithm for N-Way Interval Set Intersection (Layer & Quinlan, 2016, IEEE Proceedings)
10. Th 3/1 Genome Annotation and Plane-sweep analysis * BLAST: Basic Local Alignment Search Tool
* Glimmer: Microbial gene identification using interpolated Markov models
* MAKER2: an annotation pipeline and genome-database management tool for second-generation genome projects
* What is a hidden Markov model?
Assignment 5
11. Tu 3/6 Functional Analysis 1: RNA-seq * RNA-Seq: a revolutionary tool for transcriptomics (Wang et al, 2009. Nature Reviews Genetics)
* Differential gene and transcript expression analysis of RNA-seq experiments with TopHat and Cufflinks (Trapnell et al, 2012, Nature Protocols)
* Salmon provides fast and bias-aware quantification of transcript expression (Patro et al, 2017, Nature Methods)
* Bismark: a flexible aligner and methylation caller for Bisulfite-Seq applications (Krueger and Andrews, 2011, Bioinformatics)
12. Th 3/8 Functional Analysis 2: Methyl-seq & Chip-seq * ChIP–seq and beyond: new and improved methodologies to detect and characterize protein–DNA interactions (Furey, 2012, Nature Reviews Genetics)
* PeakSeq enables systematic scoring of ChIP-seq experiments relative to controls (Rozowsky et al. 2009. Nature Biotech)
Project Proposal
13. Tu 3/13 Functional Analysis 3: Regulatory States * ChromHMM: automating chromatin-state discovery and characterization (Ernst & Kellis, 2012, Nature Methods)
* Segway: Unsupervised pattern discovery in human chromatin structure through genomic segmentation (Hoffman et al, 2012, Nature Methods)
14. Th 3/15 Functional Analysis 4: ENCODE * An integrated encyclopedia of DNA elements in the human genome (The ENCODE Project Consortium, Nature, 2012) Assignment 6
Tu 3/20 Spring Break!
Th 3/22 Spring Break!
15. Tu 3/27 Functional Analysis 5: Single Cell Genomics * Ginkgo: Interactive analysis and assessment of single-cell copy-number variations (Garvin et al, 2015, Nature Methods)
* Tumour evolution inferred by single-cell sequencing (Navin et al, 2011, Nature)
* Highly Parallel Genome-wide Expression Profiling of Individual Cells Using Nanoliter Droplets (Macosko et al, 2015, Cell)
* The dynamics and regulators of cell fate decisions are revealed by pseudotemporal ordering of single cells (Trapnell et al, 2014, Nature Biotechnology)
* Visualizing Data Using t-SNE
16. Th 3/29 Midterm Review
17. Tu 4/3 Midterm Exam In class Midterm
18. Th 4/5 Midterm Discussion
19. Tu 4/10 Human Evolution * An integrated map of genetic variation from 1,092 human genomes (1000 Genomes Consortium, 2012, Nature)
* Analysis of protein-coding genetic variation in 60,706 humans (Let et al, 2016, Nature)
* A Draft Sequence of the Neandertal Genome (Green et al. 2010, Science)
* Excavating Neandertal and Denisovan DNA from the genomes of Melanesian individuals (Vernot et al. 2016. Science)
* Identifying Personal Genomes by Surname Inference (Gymrek et al, 2013, Science)
20. Th 4/12 Human Genetic Diseases * Genome-Wide Association Studies (Bush & Moore, 2012, PLOS Comp Bio)
* The contribution of de novo coding mutations to autism spectrum disorder (Iossifov et al, 2014, Nature)
* The Key Role of Epigenetics in Human Disease Prevention and Mitigation (Feinberg, 2018, NEJM)
21. Tu 4/17 Microbiome and Metagenomics * Kraken: ultrafast metagenomic sequence classification using exact alignments (Wood and Salzberg, 2014, Genome Biology)
* Chapter 12: Human Microbiome Analysis (Morgan and Huttenhower)
Preliminary Project Report
22. Th 4/19 Cancer Genomics and Adventures in Overfitting * The Hallmarks of Cancer (Hanahan & Weinberg, 2000, Cell)
* Evolution of Cancer Genomes (Yates & Campbell, 2012, Nature Reviews Genetics)
* Comprehensive molecular portraits of human breast tumours (TCGA, 2012, Nature)
23. Tu 4/24 Cancer Genomics and Mosaic Disease * Mechanisms and consequences of somatic mosaicism in humans (Youssoufian and Pyeritz, 2002, Nat Rev Genet)
* Unrevealed mosaicism in the next-generation sequencing era (Gajecka, 2016, MGG)
24. Th 4/26 Project Presentations Project Presentations
25. Tu 5/1 Project Presentations Project Presentations
26. Th 5/3 Project Presentations Project Presentations
27. Wed 5/16 Final Project Report Due! Final Project Report