The Biology of Genomes
May 5 - 9, 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


COVID-19: It is with considerable regret that we announce the cancellation of the upcoming CSHL meeting on The Biology of Genomes because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. In an effort to prioritize our participants’ health while still promoting scientific exchange, we are hosting a virtual meeting, including oral sessions via Zoom, digital "poster sessions", dedicated Slack channel for one-on-one discussions, and the Leading Strand archive after the conference. Please check your email for updates regarding the virtual meeting, refunds, and other important details.


The 32nd 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 either on Friday late afternoon (EST) or Saturday morning (EST). Oral sessions will be confined to later morning and afternoon sessions (EST) to maximize access by participants from around the world. An outline program will be posted shortly, following further discussion with the organizers.

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.


  • Population Genomics
  • Evolutionary & Non-Human Genomics
  • Complex Traits & Microbiome
  • Functional Genomics & Epigenetics
  • Computational Genomics
  • Cancer & Medical Genomics
  • Developmental & Single Cell Genomics
  • 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

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. Program decisions have not yet been made by the organizers and session chairs.

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

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.