Plant Genome Evolution 2017


Plenary speaker

Edward S. Buckler

USDA-ARS at Cornell University, USA

Presentation title: Breeding 4.0? Using evolution to sort through the functional variation of crops
Edward S. Buckler, Ph.D. is a Research Geneticist with the USDA-ARS and an Adjunct Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University.

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Keynote speakers

Z. Jeffrey Chen

The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Presentation title: Genomic and epigenomic insights into the evolution and function of plant polyploids and hybrids
Dr. Z. Jeffrey Chen is the D. J. Sibley Centennial Professor in Plant Molecular Genetics at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Katrina M. Dlugosch

The University of Arizona, USA

Presentation title: The ecological genomics of species invasions
Katrina Dlugosch is an Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.

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Patrick Edger

Michigan State University, USA

Presentation title: Subgenome dominance in interspecific hybrids and allopolyploids
Dr. Patrick Edger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University

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Toni Gabaldon Estevan

Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain

Presentation title: Phylogenomics of the olive tree (Olea europaea) disentangles ancient allo- and autopolyploidizations in Lamiales
Biochemist by training (University of Valencia, Spain, 1997), Toni Gabaldón performed a PhD in comparative genomics in The Radboud university (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) in 2005, and an EMBO-funded postdoc in the CIPF center (Valencia, Spain).

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Claudia Köhler

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Presentation title: Epigenetic mechanisms driving plant speciation
Claudia Köhler received her PhD in 1999 from the University of Freiburg, Germany, followed by a postdoctoral training at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

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Ute Kraemer

RUHR University Bochum, Germany

Presentation title: What do we know about the genomic basis of heavy metal hyperaccumulation in plants?
Ute Krämer heads the Department of Molecular Genetics and Physiology of Plants at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, since 2009.

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Terezie Mandakova

Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Presentation title: The role of mesopolyploid events and post-polyploid diploidization in genome evolution of Brassicaceae
Terezie Mandakova is a junior researcher at the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC, Brno, Czech Republic).

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Blake Meyers

University of Missouri, USA

Presentation title: The evolution and diversity of plant phasiRNAs and their microRNA triggers
Blake Meyers is a Member & Principal Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, and he is a Professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri - Columbia.

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Eshchar Mizrachi

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Presentation title: The evolution of genes and networks involved in secondary growth
Eshchar Mizrachi is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Genetics and Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria.

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Polina Novikova

Ghent University/VIB, Belgium

Presentation title: Non-bifurcating speciation and association of polyploidy with environmental changes in the Arabidopsis genus
Polina Novikova studied biophysics at the Moscow State University (2004-2009). Later she did her PhD at the population genetics group of Dr. Magnus Nordborg (Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Vienna, Austria) working on speciation processes in Arabidopsis genus and population history of an allotetraploid species Arabidopsis suecica (2011-2016).

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Stefan A. Rensing

University of Marburg, Germany

Presentation title: Inferring the early evolution of plant complexity from genome sequences
Stefan A. Rensing is Professor of Plant Cell Biology at the University of Marburg, Germany. He is biologist by training, but has two decades of experience in phylogenetic and comparative genomics methods.

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Bob Schmitz

University of Georgia, USA

Presentation title: Diversity and evolution of DNA methylation in plants
Bob Schmitz earned his B.Sc. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Postdoctoral training was performed at the Salk Institute.

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James Schnable

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Presentation title: The grasses as a single genomic system: conserved and lineage-specific gene regulation
James Schnable is an Assistant Professor at University of Nebraska Lincoln. Developing from his graduate work on the duplicate subgenomes of maize with data from outgroup species, today research in his lab focuses on employing new methods to combine phenotypic and functional genomic data from both major and orphan crops and their wild relatives within the grass subfamily Panicoideae.

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Pamela S. Soltis

Florida Museum of Natural History, USA

Presentation title: Whole-genome duplication and plant evolution
Pamela S. Soltis is a Distinguished Professor and Curator of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics in the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida.  She also serves as Director of the recently formed University of Florida Biodiversity Institute.

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