The Biology of Genomes
May 9 - 13, 2017
Abstract Deadline: February 17, 2017


Michel Georges, University of Liege, Belgium
Matthew Hurles, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Dana Pe'er, Sloan Kettering Institute
Jonathan Pritchard, Stanford University

The 30th annual meeting on The Biology of Genomes will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 and run through lunch on Saturday, May 13.

The 2017 meeting will address DNA sequence variation and its role in molecular evolution, population genetics and complex diseases, comparative genomics, large-scale studies of gene and protein expression, and genomic approaches to ecological systems. Both technologies and applications will be emphasized. In addition there will be a special session on the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genome research.

  • Translational Genomics & Genetics
  • Genetics of Complex Traits
  • Cancer & Medical Genomics
  • Functional Genomics
  • Computational Genomics
  • Evolutionary & Non-Human Genomics
  • Population Genomics
Keynote Speakers:

Andrew Clark, Cornell University
Aviv Regev, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Discussion Leaders:

Alexis Battle, Johns Hopkins University
Howard Chang, Stanford University School of Medicine
Christina Curtis, Stanford University
Mathew Garnett, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Anshul Kundaje, Stanford University School of Medicine
Elaine Mardis, Nationwide Children's Hospital Research Institute
Ben Neale, Massachusetts General Hospital
Nitin Phadnis, University of Utah
Molly Schumer, Harvard/Columbia University
Jay Shendure, University of Washington
Shamil Sunyaev, 
Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Barbara Treutlein,
Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology
Karine Van Doninck, University of Namur
Moran Yassour, The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard

ELSI Panel Topic: What’s in a Name? Diversity and the Future of Genomic Research.

Dave Kaufman, Ph.D., NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute

Eimar Kenny, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Sandra Lee, Ph.D., Stanford University
Alondra Nelson, Ph.D., Columbia University
Aliya Saperstein, Ph.D., Stanford University

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Please apply in writing via email to Heather Johnson and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those submitting abstracts.

This meeting is sponsored in part by: Illumina, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, and Swift Biosciences.


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We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor in May.

This conference is supported in part by funds provided by: National Human Genome Research Institute

Academic Package $1,455
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1,210
Corporate Package $1,865
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $985
Corporate No-Housing Package $1,250

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese party, cocktail reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.