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SMBE 2021 - Auckland, New Zealand

The confirmed dates for SMBE 2021, which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, are 4th-8th July 2021.


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  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
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Congratulations to the winners of the SMBE 2019 Best Student Paper Awards for papers published in 2018 in MBE and GBE

These awards provide recognition for outstanding student papers in the two SMBE journals, Molecular Biology & Evolution and Genome Biology & Evolution, in the calendar year prior to the meeting are eligible for nomination.


MBE winner: Jean Cury

for the paper "Host Range and Genetic Plasticity Explain the Coexistence of Integrative and Extrachromosomal Mobile Genetic Elements" published in 2018 in MBE https://academic.oup.com/mbe/article/35/11/2850/5174134

"I am interested in the evolution of bacterial genomes. I did my PhD in Eduardo Rocha's lab working on the evolution of conjugative elements and integrons. I am currently doing a post-doc with Flora Jay, where we develop deep learning methods for bacterial population genomics." 



Interconversion between integrative (ICE) and extrachromosomal (plasmid) elements allows access to the higher genetic plasticity of plasmids and the broader host range of ICEs.

Runners-up

Małgorzata A Gazda

"Signatures of Selection on Standing Genetic Variation Underlie Athletic and Navigational Performance in Racing Pigeons" (Małgorzata A Gazda, Pedro Andrade, Sandra Afonso, Jolita Dilytė, John P Archer et al. Molecular Biology and Evolution, Volume 35, Issue 5, 1 May 2018, Pages 1176–1189, https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msy030. Published: 13 March 2018 https://academic.oup.com/mbe/article/35/5/1176/4911169

Áine N O’Toole

"Faster Evolving Primate Genes Are More Likely To Duplicate" (Áine N O’Toole, Laurence D Hurst, Aoife McLysaght) Molecular Biology and Evolution, Volume 35, Issue 1, 1 January 2018, Pages 107–. 118, https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msx270. Published: 07 November 2017 https://academic.oup.com/mbe/article/35/1/107/4554431

GBE winner:
Bárbara D Bitarello

for the paper "Signatures of Long-Term Balancing Selection in Human Genomes" published in 2018 in GBE. https://academic.oup.com/gbe/article/10/3/939/4938688

"I am passionate about understanding human evolution, and this work shed light into how complex our evolution has been. It is great to see how much interest balancing selection has been receiving lately. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to work on this topic under the supervision of two amazing mentors,

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  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Congratulations to the winners of the SMBE 2019 Faculty Awards


2019 SMBE Allan Wilson Junior Award for Independent Research Winner: Claudia Bank

Dr. Claudia Bank heads the Evolutionary Dynamics group at the Gulbenkian Science Institute in Oeiras, Portugal. Her group studies the population genetics of adaptation and speciation using a combination of mathematical modeling, statistical method development and data analysis, and experimental evolution. After an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, Dr. Bank earned her PhD in Population Genetics from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, supervised by Joachim Hermisson, followed by a postdoc with Jeffrey Jensen at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. During her PhD and postdoc, she undertook two research stays in the group of Mark Kirkpatrick at UT Austin, and at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley. Dr. Bank is currently supported by grants from the Portuguese Science Foundation, the European Research Council, and the European Molecular Biology Organization to expand her studies of fitness landscapes across environments and biological levels of organization.

2019 SMBE Margaret Dayhoff Mid-Career Award Winner: Patricia Wittkopp

Patricia Wittkopp is Sally L. Allen and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan. She studies the genetic basis of phenotypic differences, with an emphasis on the regulation of gene expression. Molecular and developmental biology, population and quantitative genetics, genomics and bioinformatics are integrated in her work.  Patricia Wittkopp received her B.S. from the University of Michigan working with Greg Gibson, a PhD from the University of Wisconsin working with Sean Carroll, and did postdoctoral work at Cornell University working with Andy Clark. Dr. Wittkopp was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellow, an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellow, a March of Dimes Starter Scholar, and currently serves as Senior Editor at eLife and Associate Editor at Molecular Biology and Evolution and GENETICS.


2019 SMBE Motoo Kimura Lifetime Contribution Award Winner: Wen-Hsiung Li


Wen-Hsiung Li is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Biodiversity R

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  • Monday, April 01, 2019
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SMBE 2019, 21-25 July 2019, Manchester, UK – Registration Launch and Abstracts Submission Deadline

We are delighted to announce that registration for SMBE 2019 is now live. SMBE 2019 is taking place in Manchester, UK on 21-25 July 2019 at the state of the art venue Manchester Central. Full details on the symposia programme and confirmed keynote speakers can be viewed here.

Information on the registration fees can be viewed here. Register before the early bird deadline on Wednesday 8 May in order to secure discounted registration rates.

Please note that in order to receive a discounted member-rate registration you will be asked to provide your SMBE member number. Active members were sent an email that includes their membership number.

For questions regarding your membership number, please contact smbe@allenpress.com.

You can book your accommodation from a range of city centre properties from inside the registration system.

Delegates requiring a VISA in order to attend SMBE 2019 can select this option within the registration system. The registration team will be able to assist in creating the documentation in order to support your VISA application.

Carer Travel Awards can be applied for as part of conference registration. SMBE will make available up to $2000 to SMBE members with children or dependent adults (including adult children with a disability or elderly relatives) to spend as they wish to facilitate the member’s attendance at the annual SMBE meeting. Examples of eligible expenses include (but are not limited to) providing airfare for your child or for your caregiver to accompany you, flying a relative out to help with care at your home while you’re at the meeting, or extra help paying for on-site daycare.

Abstract and Award submission deadline.

The abstract submission deadline is fast approaching. The deadline for abstracts is midnight GMT on Sunday 17 March 2019. Please be aware that the deadline will not be extended. Abstracts should be no longer than 2500 characters (~250 words), with a title no longer than 300 characters. Full details on abstract topics, guidance and the submission portal can be found here.

A range of awards can be applied for during Abstract submission, all of which require SMBE membership (costing only $10/$30 for 3 years for students/others at https://www.smbe.org/smbe/MEMBERSHIP.aspx) at the time of application.

Current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who received their primary doctoral-level degree no earlier than one year prior to the start of the annual meeting of the society may apply for the Fitch award. Extended abstracts are no longer required this year, just the conference abstract and a cv. Unsuccessful Fitch applicants will automatically be considered for Young Investigator and Registration awards.

Any graduate student or postdoc may apply for the Young Investigator Award, which substantially funds the cost of attending. Application materials are the same as for the Fitch,

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  • Thursday, March 14, 2019
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SMBE Satellite Workshop on the Molecular Biology and Evolution of Cancer

Dates: April 12 and 13, 2019

Location: Yale University

Meeting description: More than 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, and deaths from the disease are estimated to reach nearly 600,000 in the U.S. alone in 2017. The vast majority of cancer deaths are due to the evolution of therapeutic resistance and metastasis. This emergence of therapy-resistant, metastatic cancer is an evolutionary process, in which a genetically diverse population of cancer cells is subject to selective forces within the body.

This meeting seeks to bridge the gap between the molecular evolutionary community and the cancer biology field. It brings together experts and thought leaders from diverse fields, including molecular biology, cancer biology, genomics, phylogenetics, and evolutionary biology, to address a significant health issue.

Website: https://smbe-cancerandevolution.org/

Registration is free and space is limited!

Organizers:

Jeffrey P. Townsend, Elihu Associate Professor of Biostatistics and of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

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  • Thursday, February 28, 2019
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SMBE Interdisciplinary Symposium on Population Genomics of Mobile DNA

We are pleased to announce the SMBE Interdisciplinary Symposium on Population Genomics of Mobile DNA, to be held as part of the FASEB Mobile DNA Conference on June 23-28, 2019, in Palm Springs, California.

The conference will bring together researchers studying all aspects of transposable element biology in any taxon, ranging from direct impacts on genome structure to regulatory innovations to the role mobile DNAs play in the realm of human health.

Conference sessions will present the latest research findings and foster engaging discussion on:

·         - Comparative genomics of transposable elements,

·         - Mobile DNA defense and regulation,

·         - Mobile DNA epigenetics and gene regulation,

·         - Mobilization mechanisms,

·         - Mobile DNA and the environment,

·         - Population genomics of mobile DNA.

The SMBE Interdisciplinary Symposium on Population Genomics of Mobile DNA will take place on June 25, 2019. It will feature talks from invited speakers and participants. In addition, a poster session will be held to provide additional opportunities for attendants to present their research. Confirmed invited speakers for the SMBE Interdisciplinary Symposium include:

·         - Josefa Gonzalez (CSIC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain) will speak on the contribution of transposable
       element insertions to environmental adaptation,

·         - Stéphane Boissinot (New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE) will speak on population genomics of
       transposable elements across vertebrates.

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  • Monday, February 25, 2019
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