Recent developments in phylogenetic network reconstruction and beyond
Wednesday, June 16 at 02:15am (PDT)Wednesday, June 16 at 10:15am (BST)Wednesday, June 16 06:15pm (KST)
Guillaume Scholz (University of Leipzig, Germany), Katharina Huber (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom)
Phylogenetic is a burgeoning area at the interface between Mathematics (incl Computer Science and Probability Theory) and Molecular Biology concerned with developing mathematical methodology and algorithms to help understand molecular evolution. Although it has been around for some time resulting in numerous deep and beautiful mathematical results the vast amounts of data generated by current sequencing methods have given rise to some exciting new questions. These concern in particular the area of phylogenetic network reconstruction. Such a structure naturally generalises the notion of a phylogenetic tree by allowing for cycles to help accommodate reticulate evolutionary processes such as recombination which is of relevance for understanding virus evolution (e.g. Covid-19). The minisymposium will bring together researcher at various levels of the academic career spectrum to discuss recent developments in phylogenetic network reconstruction and beyond.