The Biology of Genomes
May 8 - 12, 2018
Abstract Deadline: February 23, 2018


Matthew Hurles, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Elaine Ostrander, National Human Genome Research Institute
Dana Pe'er, Sloan Kettering Institute
Jonathan Pritchard, Stanford University

The 31st annual meeting on The Biology of Genomes will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 and run through lunch on Saturday, May 12.

The 2018 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.

  • Population Genomics
  • Evolutionary & Non-Human Genomics
  • Complex Traits & Microbiome
  • Functional Genomics & Epigenetics
  • Computational Genomics
  • Cancer & Medical Genomics
  • Genome Engineering & Editing
  • Ethical Legal & Social Implications
Keynote Speakers:
Wendy Bickmore, MRC, University of Edinburgh
David Page, Whitehead Institute/MIT/HHMI

Discussion Leaders:
Jeffrey Barrett, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Ami Bhatt, Stanford University
Jef Boeke, NYU Langone Medical Center
Job Dekker, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Emma Farley, University of California San Diego
Trey Ideker, University of California San Diego
Mattias Jakobsson, Uppsala University
Monica Justice, SickKids
Christina Leslie, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Sharon Plon, Baylor College of Medicine
Gavin Sherlock, Stanford University
Oliver Stegle, EMBL/EBI
Sarah Tishkoff, University of Pennsylvania
Feng Zhang, McGovern Institute for Brain Research

ELSI Panel Topic: Human Gene Editing: Traversing the Germline

Nicole C. Lockhart, Ph.D.,NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute

Ryan Fischer, B.A., Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H., University of Miami
Debra JH Mathews, Ph.D., M.A., Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Fyodor Urnov, Ph.D., Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline.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. Status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, housing, meals, transportation, visas, abstract submission or any other matters may be directed to Catie Carr at

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. Apply in writing to Catie Carr at stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

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

This conference may be supported in part with funds provided by: National Human Genome Research Institute

There will be an inBIO showcase held attached to this meeting on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 8. Please click here for more details. Pitch proposals should be submitted to


Academic Package $1485
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1235
Corporate Package $1905
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $1005
Corporate No-Housing Package $1280

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.