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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The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is an international organization whose goals are to provide facilities for association and communication among molecular evolutionists and to further the goals of molecular evolution, as well as its practitioners and teachers. In order to accomplish these goals, the Society publishes two peer-reviewed journals, Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution. The Society sponsors an annual meeting, as well as smaller satellite meetings or workshop on important, focused, and timely topics. It also confers honors and awards to students and researchers.

SMBE 2017

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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Featured News and Updates

Call for nominations for President-elect and Two Councilors

Dear SMBE members,

*Nominations for Pres-elect and 2 councillors due by May 22 2013*

I am writing to solicit nominations for SMBE President-Elect and 2 counsillors whose terms will begin on January 1, 2014. As the society grows and thrive, members of council play very important roles in guiding its development and in soliciting and implementing programs that support our members, enrich opportunities for young scientists from around the world, oversee our two excellent journals (MBE and GBE) as well as our annual meeting and new satellite meeting program.

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  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Call for Proposals for Satellite Meetings 2013

Call for 2013 SMBE Satellite Meetings (this message to also be distributed via email to the membership)


The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) exists to “…provide facilities for association and conference among molecular evolutionists and to further the goals of molecular evolutionary biology and its practitioners, including the publication of two journals, Molecular Biology and Evolution, and Genome Biology and Evolution” (Society By-Laws, amended November 7, 2008). In addition to supporting its annual meeting, SMBE Council will provide funds in aid of one or more workshops or small meetings per calendar year, that number depending on total cost.  SMBE's first satellite meeting sponsored under this competition was “Phylomedicine” held March 2012 at Arizona State University (  In spring 2013, SMBE supported three satellite symposia: “Eukaryotic Metagenomics”...

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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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SMBE Satellite Meeting, "Mechanisms of Protein Evolution II"

Mechanisms of Protein Evolution II was held as an SMBE Satellite Meeting February 7-9, 2013 on the campus of University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, CO. An amusing video describing the meeting was produced by James McInerney:

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  • Thursday, April 04, 2013
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Dear friends and colleagues,

Registration is now open for EVOLUZIONE2103 (, the biennial congress of the Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology (SIBE). The congress will be held at the end of August (28-31) in the historical town of Trento, in the heart of the Italian Alps, a region renowned for its excellent wine, castles, and the beautiful dolomite mountains.

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  • Monday, April 01, 2013
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SMBE Satellite Meeting on Eukaryotic-Omics

The SMBE Satellite Meeting on Eukaryotic -Omics will take place at UC Davis from Monday April 29 - Thursday May 2nd, 2013.

Meeting program, abstract submission guidelines, and registration information can be found at the meeting website:

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  • Friday, March 22, 2013
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