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Thursday, July 13 

Noon-5:00 pm  Meeting Registration Check-In and Poster Set-up  

1:45 - 2:00 pm Welcome and Meeting Introduction
2:00 - 2:20 pm Robert Roeder, The Rockefeller University
Mechanistic studies of transcriptional co-activators
2:20 - 2:40 pm Joan Conaway, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Control of RNA polymerase II transcription
2:40 - 3:00 pm David Bentley, University of Colorado, Denver
Transcription and co-transcriptional processing
3:00 - 3:20 pm Julia Zeitlinger, Stowers Institute for Medical Research 
Genomic analysis of Pol II transcription 
3:20 - 3:50 pm Break 

3:50 - 4:10 pm Monique Floer, Michigan State University 
Chromatin and cell-type specific gene expression in the mouse hematopoietic system
4:10 - 4:30 pm Jen Gerton, Stowers Institute for Medical Research 
Condensin II is anchored to the mammalian genome by TFIIIC and H3K4me3, and supports expression of active dense gene clusters
4:30 - 4:50 pm Jerry Workman, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Functions of highly conserved chromatin modifying complexes
4:50 - 5:05 pm Xiaojun Ren, University of Colorado Denver
Live-cell single-molecule tracking reveals co-recognition of H3K27me3 and DNA targets polycomb Cbx7-PRC1 to chromatin
5:05 - 5:25 pm Brad Cairns, University of Utah  
DUX transcription factors during mammalian cleavage stages
5:30-8:00 pm Opening Reception and Dinner


Friday, July 14  

7:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast
8:00 - 5:00 pm Meeting Registration  

9:00 - 9:20 am Duncan Odom, Cambridge University
Regulatory evolution in vertebrates
9:20 - 9:40 am Gert Veenstra, Radboud University 
Regulatory remodeling in the allo-tetraploid frog Xenopus laevis
9:40 - 9:55 am Ingo Braasch, Michigan State University 
Ancient fish genomes illuminate vertebrate genome and gene regulatory evolution
9:55 - 10:15 am Nicolas Rohner, Stowers Institute for Medical Research 
Dark matters. Fatty liver as an adaptation in cavefish
10:15 - 10:35 am Break 
10:35 - 10:55 am Justin Fay, Washington University in St. Louis 
Divergence in expression dynamics in yeast
10:55 - 11:10 am Bin He, Harvard University
Evolution of Reduced Co-Activator Dependence Led to Expanded Function of a Starvation Response Pathway
11:10 -11:30 am Justin Blumenstiel, University of Kansas 
Evolution of off-target effects of piRNA silencing
11:30 - 11:50 am David Stern, Janelia Research Campus
New approaches to study the evolution of behavior
11:50 am - noon Poster Sneak Preview
noon - 1:30 pm Lunch 
1:30 - 3:30 pm Poster Session

3:30 - 3:50 pm Howard Lipshitz, University of Toronto 
Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in Drosophila  
3:50 - 4:10 pm Christine Mayr, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 
Mechanisms of RNA regulation
4:10 - 4:30 pm Jamie Cate, University of California, Berkeley 
Structural basis for regulation of human translation
4:30 - 4:50 pm Ariel Bazzini, Stowers Institute for Medical Research 
Codon optimality in vertebrates: Hidden regulatory code within the genetic code
4:50 - 5:10 pm Break
5:15 - 5:35 pm Randal Halfman, Stowers Institute for Medical Research 
Protein-based self-perpetuating changes in gene expression 

5:35 - 5:50 pm Gloria Brar, University of California, Berkeley 
Decoding meiotic gene expression
5:50 - 6:10 pm Sarah Zanders, Stowers Institute for Medical Research 
wtf: selfish genes shape genome evolution
6:10 - 6:30 pm Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Stowers Institute for Medical Research 
Genetics and regeneration in planaria 
6:30 - 9:00 pm Dinner

Saturday, July 15     

7:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast
8:00 am - noon Meeting Registration

9:00 - 9:20 am Trudy Mackay, North Carolina State University
Gene expression variation and quantitative traits 
9:20 - 9:40 am Stuart Macdonald, University of Kansas 
Dissecting Trait Variation using Multiparental Mapping Populations in Drosophila
9:40 - 10:00 am Sergey Nuzhdin, University of Southern California 
Genetics of cis-trans compensation in natural transcriptome variation
10:00 - 10:20 am Bernard Lemos, Harvard University 
Population variation and functional genomics of the ribosomal DNA arrays
10:20 - 10:40 am Sandy Johnson, University of California, San Francisco 
How transcription circuits evolve and produce biological novelty
10:40 - 11:00 am Break

11:00 - 11:20 am Greg Gibson, Georgia Institute of Technology 
Transcriptome-wide Association Studies and Transcriptional Risk Scores 
11:20 - 11:40 am Jim Noonan, Yale University 
Human-specific gene regulation
11:40 am - noon Michael Beer, Johns Hopkins University
Computational Analysis of Mammalian Enhancer Evolution
noon - 12:15 pm Sarah Tulin, Canisius College

Development of high-throughput Gene Regulatory Network construction pipeline for evodevo animal models in order to understand body plan evolution

12:15 - 12:30 pm Jeffrey Steimle, University of Chicago

An evolutionarily conserved Tbx5-Wnt2 pathway for pulmonary specification and cardiac mesoderm

12:30 - 12:50 pm Vincent Lynch, University of Chicago 
Gene regulatory innovation during the evolution of pregnancy
1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch
6:00 - 9:00 pm Dinner

Sunday, July 16

 7:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast 
 8:00 am - noon Meeting Registration

 9:00 - 9:20 am Alistair Boettiger, Stanford University 
Visualizing cis-regulatory interactions with super-resolution
 9:20 - 9:40 am Thomas Gregor, Princeton University 
Visualization of transcriptional regulation via long-distance enhancer-promoter interactions
 9:40 - 9:55 am Hemangi Chaudhari, Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology

Genomic position scales local cis-regulatory activity  

9:55 - 10:15 am Break
10:15 - 10:30 am Daniel Pers, University of Illinois at Chicago
Incorporation of horizontally acquired genes contributes to extensive novelty within the dorsoventral Gene Regulatory Network patterning Chalcid wasp embryos
10:30 - 10:45 am Pinar Onal, New York University

Step-by-step evolution of Bicoid as an anterior patterning factor  

10:45 - 11:00 am

Justin Kumar, Indiana University

Living up to the title of a “Master Control Gene”: new and novels roles for Pax6 in the Drosophila eye-antennal disc 


11:00 - 11:15 am Yang Liu, University of Pittsburgh

Changes in a Hox-regulated network drive microevolution  

11:15 - 11:35 am David Arnosti, Michigan State University
Cis-regulatory code in Drosophila  
11:35 am Lunch and Departures