Sign up: SMBE Satellite Mtg. on Eukaryotic-Omics 4/29-5/2 at #UCDavis

Going to be good:

Eukaryotes | SMBE Satellite Meeting on Eukaryotic -Omics – April 29 to May 2, UC Davis Conference Center

No bias here – given that it is organized by Holly Bik in my lab and it is at UC Davis. The lineup of speakers is great and the topic is timely.  So sign up  …


Rachel Adams UC Berkeley Groundtruthing next-gen sequencing for microbial ecology: is beta diversity robust to errors in pyrosequencing?
Nicholas A. Bokulich UC Davis Regional Patterns in Grape Fungal Consortia Define Wine Fermentation Communities
Sara Branco UC Berkeley Fungi at a small-scale: spatial zonation of fungal assemblages around single trees
C. Titus Brown Michigan State University Sequencing and assembly of diverse eukaryotes: like metagenomics, but much harder
Peter Countway Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Title TBA
Simon Creer Bangor University, Wales Title TBA
Tom Delmont Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole Phaeocystis antarctica spatiotemporal diversity, activity and its relation to prokaryotes and viruses using physiological and ‘omic approaches
Jonathan Eisen UC Davis The need for a phylogeny driven genomic encyclopedia of eukaryotes
Laura Eme Dalhousie University Large scale phylogenomic analyses of Blastocystis subtype 1 reveals a major role for lateral gene transfer in adaptation to parasitism of the human gut
Jack Gilbert Argonne National Lab Addressing microbial eukaryotic biogeography in home, hospitals and the world
Jean-David Grattepanche Smith College Title TBA
Victor Hanson-Smith UC San Francisco Identifying Loci of Functional Evolution in Ancestral Genes
Ian King University of Guelph Biomonitoring 2.0: A high-throughput genomics approach for comprehensive biological assessment of environmental change
Andrew Krohn Northern Arizona University Rhizosphere microbial community dynamics of drought-stressed pinyon pines (Poster)
Franck Lejzerowicz University of Geneva Exploring the deep-sea foraminiferal diversity by multiplexed RNA and DNA-based ultra-deep sequencing and ultra-fast bioinformatic analyses
Matthew Morgan CSIRO Australia Next-generation sequencing reveals the impacts of inundation and drought on eukaryote biodiversity in semi-arid floodplain soils
Laura Wegener Parfrey University of Colorado, Boulder Incorporating microbial eukaryotes into analyses of the human microbiome
Katherine Pollard UC San Francisco Title TBA
Dorota Porazinska University of Florida Discrimination of microscopic pests of agricultural importance with NGS
Thomas Richards NHM London Title TBA
Surya Saha Cornell University Composition of the Maize Endophytic Microbiome is Correlated with Maize Genotype (Poster)
Søren Sørensen University of Copenhagen Title TBA
Fabian Staubach Stanford University Host species and environmental effects on bacterial communities associated with Drosophila in the laboratory and in the natural environment
Sarah Stephenson CSIRO Australia Metagenetic examinations of benthic eukaryl estuarine communities
Joshua Stern Georgia Institute of Technology Searching for the Phylogenetic Place of Eukaryotes, Using Data from STORI
W. Kelley Thomas University of New Hampshire Title TBA
Xianfa Xie Virginia State University Comparative genomic study of the origin and evolution of eukaryotes

QIIME workshop at UC Davis (May 2-4, 2013)

UC Davis will be hosting a 2.5 day QIIME workshop following the SMBE Satellite Meeting on Eukaryotic -Omics, running Thursday afternoon May 2nd through Saturday May 4th. Meeting participants and local Bay Area researchers are encouraged to attend.

Due to space constraints, this workshop will be strictly limited to 32 participants.

Click here to complete the application form (form closes March 22, 2013, and this deadline will not be extended)

SMBE Meeting on Eukaryotic -Omics: April 29-May 2 at UC Davis

I’m leading the organization of an SMBE Satellite Meeting focused on Eukaryotic -Omics at UC Davis this spring. The meeting dates have been set as April 29-May 2, 2013, and the meeting description is as follows:

The SMBE Satellite Meeting on Eukaryotic -Omics will bring together an interdisciplinary pool of researchers to discuss current efforts, challenges, and future directions for high-throughput sequencing approaches focused on microbial eukaryotes (environmental studies of non-model organisms). The meeting program will encompass investigations of eukaryote biodiversity, ecology, and evolution, using approaches such as rRNA marker genes, shotgun metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and computational biology tools and software pipelines.

See the meeting website ( for program announcements, registration details, and travel award information. We’re currently in talks to tack on a QIIME workshop at the end of the meeting (tentative dates May 2-4), so keep an eye our for further details. The official conference hashtag will be #SMBEeuks on Twitter.

Our call for travel award applications includes a heavy focus on diversity–encouraging early-career applicants as well as those from underrepresented groups. Please pass on this meeting announcement to anyone who might be interested in attending. Deadline for abstract submission and travel grant applications is Feburary 22, 2013.

SMBE Satellite Meeting on Mechanisms of Protein Evolution II

This meeting might be of interest for people in the lab:

We are pleased to announce the SMBE Satellite Meeting on Mechanisms of
Protein Evolution II: Thermodynamics, Phylogenetics, and Structure
(MPEII 2013), to take place at the University of Colorado Denver’s
Anschutz Medical Campus, February 7-9, 2013.

The meeting aims to broadly cover the interface of protein evolutionary
mechanisms, models of amino acid substitution, genomics/systems biology
and phylogenetics. Topics also include adaptation, coevolution,
convergence, neutral processes including mutation, prediction of
folding, prediction of mutational effects, the influence of
protein-protein interactions on protein evolution, and the interaction
of next-gen sequencing and model development. This is a small meeting,
with plenty of opportunity for interaction. Talks by students as well as
more senior scientists are encouraged, and there will be a poster
session this year in addition to talks. This meeting is also partially
sponsored by BMC Evolutionary Biology and the UC Denver Department of
Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Program in Computational Bioscience,
and Consortium for Comparative Genomics.

Confirmed invited speakers include:
Belinda Chang, University of Toronto
Andy Clark, Cornell University
Richard Goldstein, National Institute of Medical Research (UK)
Nicolas Lartillot, University of Montreal
David Liberles University of Wyoming
Michael Lynch, Indiana University
James McInerney, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Mary O’Connell, Dublin City University
David Pollock, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Jeff Thorne, North Carolina State University
Naomi Ward, University of Wyoming

More information and registration can be found at The early registration deadline is
December 15, 2012. A ski trip at Copper Mountain (CO) is being planned
for attendees in the day(s) that follow the meeting. We hope you can
join us in Denver for this event.

David Pollock, James McInerney, and David Liberles

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