4th Cambridge Evolutionary Genetics Workshop

Jan 13th, 2012

Department of Genetics, Downing Site, Biffen lecture theatre/Part II room

The programme for this years event is available here: 4th Cambridge Evolutionary Genetics Workshop_Jan13_2012_ Program

10:15 Welcome and introduction
Session 1 Chair: Chris Jiggins
10:20 Steve Russell, Department of Genetics
A meiotic drive system based on homing endonucleases (HEGs) with the aim of controlling themosquito populations that transmit malaria

10:40 Gianni Lo Iacono, Department of Veterinary Medicine/ Rothamsted Research
Epidemiological modelling; Evolution of plant pathogens in response to qualitative and
quantitative resistance

11:00 Eric Miska, Department of Biochemistry
Evolutionary viral sensitivity in small RNA in Caenorhabditae

11:20 Rachel Walker, Department of Plant Sciences
Determining the regulators of petal spot development and the evolution of this specialised floral trait within the species complex Gorteria diffusa

11:40 Clare Baker, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
A “sixth sense”; the development and evolution of vertebrate electroreceptors

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

Session 2 Chair: Frank Jiggins
13:00 Invited speaker: Judith Mank, University of Oxford/ University College London
Sex chromosomes, sex-specific selection and the genomic basis of sexual dimorphism

13:45 Chris Illingworth, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Quantifying selection acting on a complex trait using allele frequency time-series data

14:05 Simon Martin, Department of Zoology
Species integrity of sympatric Heliconius butterflies is maintained despite pervasive introgression throughout the genome.

14:25 Simon Frost, Department of Veterinary Medicine
Modeling associations between mutations with graphical models

14:45 Paulo Amaral, The Gurdon Institute
The emerging roles of long noncoding RNAs in animal development and regulatory evolution

15:05 – 15:40 Tea
Session 3 Chair: Fergal Waldron
15: 40 Lucy Weinert, UCL Genetics Institute, University College London
The evolution of host shifts in Staphylococcus aureus

16:00 Peter Ellis, Department of Pathology
Gene amplification as a side-effect of genomic conflict

16:20 Michaela de Clare, Department of Biochemistry
Evolution & conservation of growth control genes from yeast to humans

16:40 Jason Tsai, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Findings from the tapeworm genome project

17:00 Hashem Koohy, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Composure: an evolutionary approach for detection of regulatory sequences

Followed by Happy Hour in the tea room at 17:20

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