The Biology of Genomes
May 10 - 14, 2016
Abstract Deadline: February 19, 2016


Ewan Birney, EBI/EMBL, UK
Michel Georges, University of Liege, Belgium
Jonathan Pritchard, Stanford University
Molly Przeworski, Columbia University

The 29th annual meeting on The Biology of Genomes will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 and run through lunch on Saturday, May 14.

The 2016 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:

Emmanuelle Charpentier, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Germany
Neil Shubin, University of Chicago

Session Co-Chairs:
Nels Elde, University of Utah
William J. Greenleaf, Stanford University
Matthew E. Hurles, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Sally John, Biogen Idec, Inc.
Felicity Jones, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Germany
Carolyn McBride, Princeton University
Serena Nik-Zainal, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Ludovic Orlando, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Joseph K. Pickrell, New York Genome Center
Soumya Raychaudhuri, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Heidi L. Rehm, Harvard Medical School
Eran Segal, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Aleksandra Walczak, Laboratoire de Physique Theorique, France
Deborah Winter, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

ELSI Panel Topic: Participant rights to their sequence data: positive, precautionary and pragmatic views on returning the incidental genome

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

Misha Angrist, M.S., Ph.D., Duke University 
Jason Bobe, M.S. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mildred Cho, Ph.D., Stanford School of Medicine
Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia 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Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline.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.

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


Academic Package $1,425
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1,185
Corporate Package $1,835
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $965
Corporate No-Housing Package $1,230

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.

We have funds to provide partial scholarships for individuals who are US citizens/permanent residents from minority groups under-represented in the life sciences. Please provide justification in writing to and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting.