The Biology of Genomes
May 5 - 9, 2020
Abstract Deadline: February 14, 2020


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

The 32nd annual meeting on The Biology of Genomes will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 and run through lunch on Saturday, May 9.

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 as well as a session dedicated to helping trainees and early career researchers successfully navigate the NIH funding process.


  • 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:

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
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: to be announced



Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline.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

This meeting is sponsored by:


Academic Package: $1,560
Graduate/PhD Student Package:
Corporate Package: $2,055 
Academic/Student No-Housing Package:
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,380 

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.