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Announcing the new Editors-in-Chief GBE


After 10 years in the role, Bill Martin has decided to step down as Editor-in-Chief of Genome Biology and Evolution. Bill founded the journal with Takashi Gojobori in 2009 and has been its sole EiC since then. Under his guidance, the journal has grown to one which now receives over 500 submissions and publishes around 300 papers per year. His place is taken by not one, but by two EiCs: Laura A. Katz and Adam Eyre-Walker. Laura will serve for 5 years and Adam for 4, to allow overlap going forward into the future.


We don’t anticipate making any changes in the near future but we would welcome your input as to how the journal can be improved. We would also ask that you bear with us as we take over and iron-out any problems running the journal with two EiCs.

We are very grateful to Bill for all that he has done for the journal and we look forward to receiving submissions from you.

Best wishes,

Laura A. Katz and Adam Eyre-Walker
Editors in Chief, Genome Biology and Evolution

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  • Wednesday, December 05, 2018
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SMBE 2019 – Call for Symposia Deadline - 9 November 2018 - Deadline Extended

We are delighted to remind our membership that proposals are being accepted for symposium topics for the 2019 SMBE Annual Meeting, taking place in Manchester, United Kingdom from 21 to 25 July, 2019.

Proposals should span the range of interests of SMBE members, including exciting new scientific developments, and should represent the geographic and gender diversity of our membership. SMBE will provide financial support for accepted symposia to help attract outstanding invited speakers.

For more details and to submit your proposal, please visit the meeting website at http://smbe2019.org/call-for-symposia/. The deadline for proposal submission is 9 November, 2018. Successful applications will be confirmed by the middle of November.

As always, SMBE is keen to ensure good international representation. Support will be provided to all delegates who may require additional documentation to secure a visa to the UK. Please visit http://visahq.com/ to check if you require a visa for the United Kingdom.

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
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2018 Walter M. Fitch Prize Winner & Finalists

SMBE would like to congratulate the 2018 Walter M. Fitch Prize Winner and Finalists. These 8 young investigators presented their abstracts in the Walter M. Fitch Symposium at the 2018 annual SMBE meeting in Yokohama, Japan. Based on these presentations, the winner, Harry Kemble, was chosen by an anonymous expert panel and awarded the 2018 Walter M. Fitch Prize.

Please join us in applauding their efforts!



Winner - Harry Kemble – IAME, INSERM, Paris, France, presenting at SMBE 2018, Yokohama, Japan

Finalist - Ana Marija Jaksic – Vetmeduni Vienna, Institut fuer Populationsgenetik, Vienna, Austria

Finalist - Mrudula Sunil Sane – National Centre for Biological Sciences, Banglore, India

Finalist - Jason Tarkington – Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

Finalist - Xinzhu Wei – Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Finalist - Rachel Leigh Cosby – Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Finalist - Christopher R Robles – Department of Human Genetics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Finalist - Martin Silvert – Department of Human Evolutionary Genetics, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France


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  • Monday, October 15, 2018
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SMBE 2018 Best Poster Awards

We are delighted to announce the winners of the SMBE 2018 Best Poster Awards

Best Poster for Postdoctoral Fellows

Award winner: Joel M. Alves

  • Poster authors and title: Joel M Alves*, Miguel Carneiro, Jade Y Cheng, Ana Lemos de Matos, Masmudur M Rahman, Liisa Loog, Anders Eriksson, Grant McFadden, Rasmus Nielsen, Thomas P Gilbert, Pedro J Esteves, Nuno Ferrand, Francis M Jiggins
  • Historical and modern rabbit populations reveal parallel adaptation to myxoma virus across two continents
Award winner: Dorota Paczesniak
  • Poster authors and title: Dorota Paczesniak*, Marco Pellino, Devan Guenter, Siegfried Jahnke, Andreas Fischbach, John T. Lovell, Timothy F. Sharbel
  • Tissue specific ploidy variation in sexual and apomictic seeds

Award winner: Kentaro M. Tanaka

  • Poster authors and title: Kentaro M. Tanaka*, Yoshitaka Kamimura, Aya Takahashi
  • Deciphering genetic basis and copulatory effect underlying the rapid diversification of male genitalia between sibling species of Drosophila melanogaster

Best Poster for Graduate Students

Award winner: Maria A. Spyrou

  • Poster authors and title: Maria A. Spyrou*, Marcel Keller, Rezeda I. Tukhbatova, Elisabeth Nelson, Don Walker, Sacha Kacki, Dominique Castex, Sandra Loesch, Michaela Harbeck , Alexander Herbig, Kirsten I Bos, Johannes Krause
  • Historical Y. pestis genomes provide insights into the initiation and progression of the second plague pandemic

Award winner: Geno Guerra

  • Thursday, August 02, 2018
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Newly elected SMBE officer and councilors

Congratulations to President-elect Marta Wayne and newly elected councilors Mary O'Connell and Beth Shapiro!

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  • Monday, July 16, 2018
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Congratulations to 2018 SMBE Satellite and Regional Proposals

- “The Molecular Biology and Evolution of Cancer”
Jeffrey P. Townsend, Yale University, and Jason Somarelli, Duke Cancer Institute
Two-day workshop at Yale University

- “Towards an integrated concept of adaptation: uniting molecular population genetics and quantitative genetics”
Neda Barghi,  Joachim Hermisson, lse Höllinger, Christian Schlötterer, Institute of Population Genetics and University of Vienna
A four-day workshop, proposed February 11-14, 2019 in Vienna, Austria.

- “Identifying barriers to gene flow in the genome”
Mark Ravinet, University of Oslo; Michael Matschiner, University of Basel; Marina Rafajlović, University of Gothenburg; Simon Martin, University of Cambridge; and Chris Jiggins, University of Cambridge.
A three-day workshop proposed March-April, 2019 at Tjärnö Marine Biology Laboratory in Western Sweden. 

- “Computational Biology”
Daniel Sloan, Colorado State University; Aines Castro Prieto, Director of CSU’s Todos Santos Center, BCS, Mexico; Kim Hoke, Colorado State University; Taiowa Montgomery, Colorado State University; and Mark Stenglein, Colorado State University.
A regional workshop held April, 2019 in Todos Santos, Mexico

- “Evolutionary genomics at the human-environment interface”
Matt Ackerman, Hannes Svardal, Iliana Bista, and Richard Durbin, Cambridge/Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute; and Bosco Rusuwa, Benjamin Kumwenda, Arox Kamng’ona, and Patrick Musicha, University of Malawi;
An SMBE regional meeting to be held at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi

- “TREE 2018”
Wynn Meyer, Sebastien Echeverri, Melissa Plakke, Caroline Turner, and Avery Russel, University of Pittsburgh.
An SMBE Regional Meeting September 22, 2018, in Pittsburgh, PAUSA

- “Population Genomics of Mobile DNA”
David Ray, Texas Tech University; Victoria Belancio, Tulane University; Wengeng An, South Dakota State University; Stéphane Boissinot, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Richard Cordaux, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) & University of Poitiers.
A symposium as part of the FASEB conference on “Mobile DNA” held in Rancho Mirage, CAUSAJune 23-28, 2019. 


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  • Monday, July 16, 2018
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