Joseph Felsenstein is Professor in the Departments of Genome Sciences and Biology and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is best known for his work on phylogenetic inference, and is the author of Inferring Phylogenies, and principal author and distributor of the package of phylogenetic inference programs called PHYLIP, and is currently serving as the President of the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution.

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James McInerney is the principle investigator of the Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution Laboratories at NUI Maynooth. He was one of the founding directors of the Irish Centre for High End Computing, an Associate Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution, Biology Direct, and Journal of Experimental Zoology, and is currently serving as the Secretary for the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

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Juliette de Meaux is interested in the molecular basis of Darwinian adaptation in natural plant systems. Her works combines the approaches of population, quantitative and molecular genetics to dissect the underpinning of adaptive changes. She completed her PhD at AgroParisTech, under the supervision of Prof. Claire Neema and studied the molecular basis of host-pathogen coevolution in natural populations of common bean. She then spent her Postdoc time in the lab of Prof. Tom Mitchell-Olds at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology in Jena and worked on the evolution of cis-regulatory DNA. Since 2005, she runs her own lab, first at the Max Planck Institute of Plant Breeding in Cologne and then at the University of Münster. In January 2015, she relocated her lab at the University of Cologne. She is currently serving as the Treasurer for the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

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On behalf of the organising committee it is our pleasure to invite you to attend SMBE 2017 - the annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. SMBE 2017 will be held from the 2nd-6th of July at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX, USA. The meeting - including plenary talks, symposia presentations, the Walter Fitch symposium, and poster sessions - will showcase the latest research in genomics, population genetics, and molecular biology and evolution. Social activities will include an opening reception, mixers with each poster session, and a conference dinner. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Austin this summer!

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MBE & GBE Best Graduate Student Papers Announcement

Congratulations to the winners of the Best Graduate Student Paper in MBE and Best Graduate Student Paper in GBE for the year 2015! The winners will be given a certificate, a prize of $2,000 and a travel award to the 2016 annual meeting.

Best Graduate Student Paper in MBE: Emily Claire Baker (first author)
Baker E, Wang B, Bellora N, Peris D, Hulfachor AB, Koshalek JA, Adams M, Libkind D, Hittinger CT (2015) The Genome Sequence of Saccharomyces eubayanus and the Domestication of Lager-Brewing Yeasts. Mol Biol Evol 32:2818-31.

Emily Baker is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She began her graduate studies in 2012 with Dr. Chris Hittinger. Her research focuses on non-model Saccharomyces yeast species, particularly early branching species and their hybrids. She studies the evolution of these groups by looking at divergence at both the genome and individual gene level. Recent research has looked at the genome evolution of industrially important brewing hybrids of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces eubayanus by comparing the genomes of hybrids with pure strains of their parent species.

Best Graduate Student Paper in GBE: Daniel Tamarit & Kirsten Ellegaard (co- first authors)
Tamarit D, Ellegaard KM, Wikander J, Olofsson T, Vásquez A, Andersson SG. (2015) Functionally Structured Genomes in Lactobacillus kunkeei Colonizing the Honey Crop and Food Products of Honeybees and Stingless Bees. Genome Biol Evol 7:1455-73

Daniel Tamarit is a PhD student in Siv Andersson’s lab at Uppsala University. He graduated in biology with honors at the University of Valencia, where he became interested in bacterial evolution while working in the Cavanilles Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity. He then received a Marie Curie ITN Fellowship to participate in the Symbiomics program as an early-stage researcher, under the supervision of Siv Andersson, Lisa Klasson and Amparo Latorre. During his PhD, which he will defend in Autumn 2016, he uses evolutionary genomics to study newly described groups of ant and honeybee symbionts. Findings from these projects led to him engaging in the study of the evolution of a gene transfer agent in alpha proteobacteria, codon usage bias in bacteria with shifting GC content, and genome architecture in firmicutes. In the long term he is interested in studying broad-scale genome evolution, the evolution of host-microbe association, and, more generally, the origin and evolution of new traits.

Kirsten Ellegaard carried out her doctoral research at Uppsala University, Sweden, in the lab of professor Siv Andersson. Her major research interests include speciation processes, evolution and interactions within microbial communities. During her PhD, she studied the obligate bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia, particularly in terms of gene flow, recombination and speciation. Furthermore, since Wolbachia cannot be cultured, she also developed a protocol for isolation and genome sequencing of these bacteria. Towards the end of her PhD, she shifted her research towards comparative genome analyses of lactic acid bacteria colonizing the honeybee gut. Kirsten joined the lab of professor Philipp Engel, at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in June 2015. Here, she combines bioinformatic tools with laboratory experiments, in order to gain a better understanding of the evolution and function of the bacterial communities colonizing the honeybee gut.

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