Doris Bachtrog

Doris Bachtrog is an Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Bachtrog’s research focuses on comparative genomics and transitions of sex chromosomes in animals; the evolution of gene expression and dosage compensation in Drosophila; the formation of heterochromatin on evolving Y chromosomes; the evolution of chromatin structure in Drosophila; and investigating modes of speciation in Drosophila species.

Dr. Bachtrog is a recipient of the Young Investigator’s Prize from the American Society of Naturalists, a Sloan Research Award, and a David and Lucile Packard Career Award. She is on the editorial boards at Genome Research and Molecular Biology and Evolution. Her research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Bachtrog lab

Joe Felsenstein

Joseph Felsenstein is Professor of Genome Sciences and of Biology and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Washington.

He has lately been working on methods for estimating population parameters (such as effective population size, mutation rate, etc.) from population samples of molecular sequences. Also, he has been working lately on models and inference methods for quantitative characters varying between species and within-species, allowing to infer correlated evolution of different characters.

Joe Felsenstein serves numerous journals as Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and received several awards and honors such as the Darwin-Wallace Medal by the Linnean Society of London ( 2009, the John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science (National Academy of Sciences 2009) and the International Prize for Biology by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2013).

Felsenstein lab

Dmitri Petrov

Dmitri Petrov is a Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of Biology and Associate Chair of the Biology Department at Stanford. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from Harvard University under the guidance of Daniel Hartl and Richard Lewontin. Petrov Lab does theoretical, computational, and experimental work to address fundamental questions in molecular evolution and molecular population genomics. The primary focus at the moment is on population genetics and molecular mechanisms of rapid adaptation in large populations.

Dmitri was a recipient of the Walter Fitch Prize from SMBE for his discovery of rapid DNA loss in Drosophila genomes, Junior Fellowship from Harvard University, Sloan Fellowship, and multiple other awards. Dmitri is a member of the Board of Directors of the Genetics Society of America, and serves on the Editorial Board of PLoS Genetics. His work is supported by grants from the NIH and NSF. 

Petrov lab

Diethard Tautz

Diethard Tautz is Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (Germany). He obtained his PhD in Tübingen in 1983. Before he joined the Max-Planck Society, he was Professor for Molecular Evolution in Cologne and Munich. He was a former associate editor for Molecular Biology and Evolution, and is currently active as senior editor for Molecular Ecology and eLife.

His research interests have over time centered around studying the evolution of developmental processes, as well as genome evolution, population genetics and speciation. In 1989 he was the first to show that microsatellites could be used as a generic polymorphic marker system in natural populations. His current interests focus specifically on understanding the genetic basis of adaptations in natural populations, using the house mouse as a model system. He has also a long standing interest in the evolution of new genes and was among the ones who provided the first proof for true de novo evolution of genes. In 2013 he received an ERC advanced grant for systematically exploring the evolutionary cosequences of de novo evolution of genes.

Tautz lab


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2014 Sept call for symposia

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2015 Feb 8 abstract submission for oral presentation closes

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2015 Mar 29 abstract submission for poster presentation closes

2015 May 10 deadline for delegates to be included in abstract book

2015 June 21 online registration closes

2015 July 12-16 CONGRESS

2015 meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution / SMBE2015 | Universitätsring 1  | 1010 Wien