Workshop: Genomics for Social Scientists- Epigenetics

Genomics for Social Scientists

Genomics for Social Scientists- Epigenetics

January 11-14, 2021

Hosted by the Survey Research Center,
Institute for Social Research University of Michigan
$0 course fee (there is no fee for this online course)

Applications for January 2021 are closed.

Researchers from the University of Michigan invite you to apply to the first ever Genomics for Social Scientists-Epigenetics workshop, which due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will be held remotely January 11-14, 2021 (Monday through Thursday). The purpose of this NIA sponsored workshop on epigenetic research is to familiarize researchers with epigenetic data and to provide instruction on best practices for incorporating these data with social science analyses. The workshop focuses on providing reasonable, hands-on training for researchers wanting to analyze epigenetic data in social science research, using the newly released HRS epigenetic data (expected Nov. '20) as a model. Epigenetic data provide challenges and opportunities that are distinct from both genetic and social science data. The course uses a mix of prerecorded and live lectures and live labs and discussions. Labs will utilize file formats that are identical to the HRS epigenetic data formats so that students will be able to easily apply their lab work to HRS (and many other studies’) data. This workshop highlights the unique and powerful aspects of analyzing epigenetic data in combination with social science data and will offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration among attendees and with UM investigators.

To accommodate as many time zones as possible, the live lecture and discussion portion of the course will run from 12PM to 2PM Eastern. Labs will run from 9AM-11AM Eastern and again from 2:30PM-4:30PM (you will be asked to choose one lab group).

Applications for the course include a recent CV and a 1 page statement of training and interest. It is expected that students have some introductory background in genomics and computing (e.g. completed the GeSS or RSF introductory courses or something comparable).

Questions? Contact genomicsworkshop@umich.edu for more information.

This course is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute on Aging (NIA) R25 AG 053227