EMBO phylogenomics course in the Amazon


I had the tremendous pleasure of teaching a very talented and motivated bunch of students on an EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation) funded course. The course was delivered in the amazon jungle city of Iquitos Peru, the largest jungle city in the world unconnected by road to the rest of the world. It was hot, it was intense, it was a lot of fun.

The course was organised by Dr Karen Siu Ting and Dr Chris Creevey (both from the University of Aberystwyth) and myself. The team of international experts included Dr Claire Morgan (Imperial College London), Dr Mark Wilkinson (Natural History Museum, London), Dr Omar Rota-Stabelli (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy), Dr Claudia Russo (Universidade Federal do Rio De Janeiro (UFRJ)), and Professor James McInerney (University of Manchester). A huge thanks to all and to EMBO for facilitating this programme and to IIAP for hosting us.

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