Application of Genomics to Anthropological Research

AGAR Workshop

January 9-10, 2014 ~ San Antonio, Texas

Organized by the American Association of Anthropological Genetics (AAAG) Education Committee in collaboration with the Texas Biomedical Research Institute


The third annual Application of Genomics to Anthropological Research (AGAR) Workshop aims to provide advanced students and scholars with experience in the development of primate genomic projects and the analysis of primate genome datasets.  Participants will be exposed to lectures exploring relevant issues in primate genetics and genomics as well as hands-on analyses of primate genome datasets and pedigrees.

Specifically the workshop will comprise (1) keynote lectures from leaders in primate genetics and genomics, (2) a combination lecture/workshop format, in which participants learn about possible applications of whole-genome technology, paying particular attention to the challenges of field and captive populations, and gain hands-on experience in analyzing whole-genome datasets, (3) a panel discussion with experts in the field about best practices for analyzing genome-wide datasets and common concerns that may arise, and (4) social events to foster contacts and future collaborations. The overall goal is to provide anthropologists with a strong interest in whole-genome, exome, or genome-wide analyses sufficient knowledge to apply genomic tools to their current research. 


The ideal participant in this workshop is the advanced scholar who is currently developing or actively working on projects utilizing whole-genome data (i.e., it is not likely to be useful to individuals simply interested in learning more about genomic technologies). Advanced graduate students or postdocs with some experience in computational methods or genomic analyses are welcome. Registration fees are $150 for students, $200 for postdoctoral fellows, and $250 for faculty and other professionals. AAAG members may register at a discounted rate ($20 discount for student members, $50 discount for postdoc/professional members; information on becoming a member of AAAG can be found on our membership page. Fees will cover lunches, dinner, and transport to and from the workshop hotel and Texas Biomed. Fees do not include travel or accommodations, though reservation blocks will be held at local hotels. To register, please visit the AGAR 2014 registration page.


The deadline for registration is December 20, 2013.
For late registration, fees have increased by $25.00.

Student Awards:

A limited number of student awards are available to cover the registration fee. Interested students should submit a 1-page description of how their participation in the workshop will benefit their dissertation research. Please email this descrioption, as .doc or .pdf, to Heather Norton (

Local Information:

For information on local arrangements, including hotel reservations and location, directions to the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, parking information and local weather, please visit our AGAR 2014 local information page.

For additional information, or to subscribe to the workshop email list, please contact Christopher Schmitt (