The Biology of Genomes
May 5 - 8, 2020 Virtual Meeting
Abstract Deadline: Closed


Christina Curtis, Stanford University
John Marioni,
European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Elaine Ostrander,
National Human Genome Research Institute
Jay Shendure, University of Washington

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

Card image cap
~65 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~20 total hours with interactive Q&A
Card image cap
~150 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
Card image cap
Digital program in PDF format
Card image cap
Leading Strand video archive access to talks
Card image cap
Twitter for meeting news & general comments


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


The 33rd annual meeting on The Biology of Genomes is going fully virtual and will now likely commence mid-morning US eastern standard time on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 and end on Friday, May 8 late afternoon (EST). Oral sessions will be confined to later morning and afternoon sessions (EST) to maximize access by participants from around the world.

The 2020 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. There will be a special session on the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genome research.

Day Time (EST Session # Session Name
Tuesday 10:00 am 1 Population Genomics
Tuesday 2:00 pm 2 Evolutionary and Non-human Genomics
Wednesday 10:00 am 3 Complex Traits and Microbiome
Wednesday 2:00 pm 4 Functional Genomics and Epigenetics
Thursday 10:00 am 5 Computational Genomics
Thursday 1:30 pm 6 Cancer and Medical Genomics
Thursday 4:30 pm 7 ELSI Panel and Discussion
Friday 10:00 am Guest Speakers
Friday 2:00 pm 8 Developmental and Single Cell Genomics
Throughout Meeting Virtual Poster Session
Keynote Speakers:

Hopi Hoekstra, Harvard University
Svante Paabo, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology

Discussion Leaders:

Andrew Adey, Oregon Health and Science University
Jason Buenrostro, Harvard University
Robert Finn, EMBL-EBI, United Kingdom
Qiaomei Fu, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Eimear Kenny, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Cecilia Lindgren, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Núria López-Bigas, IRB Barcelona, Spain
Magnus Nordborg, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria
Jennifer Phillips-Cremins, University of Pennsylvania
Rahul Satija, New York Genome Center
Matthew Stephens, University of Chicago
Cole Trapnell, University of Washington
Olga Troyanskaya, Princeton University
John Witte, University of California, San Francisco
Patricia Wittkopp, University of Michigan

ELSI Panel Topic: What’s the Risk? ELSI Considerations of Polygenic Scores in the Clinic

Dave Kaufman, NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute

Paul S. Appelbaum, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry
Julianne O'Daniel, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine Department of Genetics
Ioanna Tzoulaki, Imperial College London Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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 participation in the virtual meeting may be directed to Catie Carr.

We may be able to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Apply in writing to Catie Carr  stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

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

Additional Sponsors:


Virtual Attendance Package: $300
Virtual Graduate Student Package: $175

Late Registration Fees (registrations submitted after midnight EST on Thursday April 30)

Virtual Attendance Package: $350
Virtual Graduate Student Package: $225

Virtual Attendance packages include registration, access to online Zoom-based oral sessions, access to the digital posters, a dedicated Slack channel and access to the video archive on the Leading Strand for ~six weeks following the meeting.