The Biology of Genomes
May 7 - 11, 2019
Abstract Deadline: February 15, 2019


Matthew Hurles, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Elaine Ostrander, National Human Genome Research Institute
Dana Pe'er, Sloan Kettering Institute
Jay Shendure, University of Washington

The 32nd annual meeting on The Biology of Genomes will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 and run through lunch on Saturday, May 11.

The 2019 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:

Molly Przeworski, Columbia University
Robert Waterston, University of Washington

Discussion Leaders:

Christoph Bock, Research Center for Molecular Medicine, Vienna
Eleazar Eskin, UCLA
Barbara Engelhardt, Princeton University
Farren Isaacs
, Yale University
Sek Kathiresan, Broad Institute
Helena Kilpinen, University College London
Kirk Lohmueller, UCLA
Hilary Martin, Wellcome Sanger Institute
Steven McCarroll, Harvard University
Arjun Raj, University of Pennsylvania
Guy Sella, Columbia University
Joe Thornton, University of Chicago
Cathy Wu, Dana Farber Cancer Institute 
Joao Xavier, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

ELSI Panel Topic: Forensic Use of Genetic Data and Genealogy Databases 

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

Thomas F. Callaghan, Ph.D., FBI Laboratory
James W. Hazel, Ph.D., J.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Sara Huston Katsanis, M.S., The Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Ellen McRae Greytak, Ph.D., Parabon NanoLabs

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline.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.

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

Meeting Sponsored by:

OxfordNanoporeTechnologies             PacBio


Academic Package: $1515
Graduate/PhD Student Package: $1260
Corporate Package: $1950
Academic/Student No-Housing Package: $1025
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1310

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.