The Biology of Genomes
May 11 - 14, 2021 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: February 24, 2021
Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on May 5, 2021 are subject to late fees

Christina Curtis, Stanford University
Hopi Hoekstra,
Harvard University
John Marioni,
European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Jay Shendure, University of Washington


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.


We are pleased to announce the 34th Cold Spring Harbor meeting on The Biology of Genomes. The 2021 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 as well as a session dedicated to helping trainees and early career researchers successfully navigate the NIH funding process. The meeting will be held virtually, beginning late morning EST on Tuesday, May 11, and ending late afternoon EST on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Day Time (EST Session # Session Name
Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 1 Computational Genomics
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Tuesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2 Evolutionary and Non-Human Genomics
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3 Cancer and Medical Genomics
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Wednesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4 Developmental and Single Cell Genomics
Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 5 Complex Traits and Microbiome
Thursday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 6 Population Genomics
Thursday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm 7 ELSI Panel and Discussion
Friday 10:00 am- 12:00 pm Guest Speakers
Friday 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Friday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 8 Functional Genomics
Virtual Icebreaker Tuesday, 5:30 pm
Discussion Zone
30-minutes following each oral session (open Zoom format)
*Virtual Poster Session will be available for viewing throughout the meeting

Keynote Speakers:
Michael Elowitz, Caltech
Edith Heard, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Discussion Leaders:
Stein Aerts, VIB and University of Leuven, Belgium
Scott Edwards, Harvard University
Hunter Fraser, Stanford University
Eileen Furlong, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Kelley Harris, University of Washington
Nicole King, University of California, Berkeley
Ruth Ley, MPI Tuebingen, Germany
Priya Moorjani, University of California, Berkeley
Charles Rotimi, National Institutes of Health
Sohrab Shah, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Amos Tanay, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Fabian Theis, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
Gosia Trynka, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Joanna Wysocka, Stanford University

ELSI Panel Topic: Re-identification in genomics: risks, realities, and remedies

Dave Kaufman, NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute

Bradley Malin, Vanderbilt University
Christi Guerrini, Baylor College of Medicine
Mahsa Shabani, Ghent University, Belgium
Hyunghoon Cho, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard 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. 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, abstract submission, or any other matters may be directed to Catie Carr.

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 stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

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

This meeting is sponsored by:


Late Pricing: (registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on May 5, 2021)
Late Virtual Academic Package: $395
Late Virtual Graduate Student Package: $280
Late Virtual Corporate Package: $535

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~48 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~24 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~300 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Virtual Social Events~
Meet-the-Speakers & Editors
Icebreaker, "Breakout" Social
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Digital program in PDF format

Social Media  

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #BoG21. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.