Mobile Genetic Elements


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Closes August 12, 2017

Mobile Genetic Elements
August 31 - September 2, 2017, Woods Hole, MA
Abstract Submission Deadlines: August 1 for talk and fellowship consideration; August 12 for poster presentations. Approximately half of the talks will be chosen from submitted abstracts. Click here to register:.
Online Registration: Closes August 12.
Confirmed Speakers and subject areas:
Marlene Belfort, SUNY Albany (Group II introns)
Michael Chandler, Toulouse (Bacterial transposons)
Fred Dyda, NIH/NIDDK (Structural analysis of transposition)
Cedric Feschotte, Cornell University (TEs as catalysts of convergent evolution)
Reid Johnson, UCLA (Serine recombinases)
John Sedivy, Brown University (Retrotransposition and aging)
Greg Van Duyne, University of Pennsylvania (Integrases)
Keith Derbyshire, Wadsworth Center (Genetic exchange in mycobacteria)
Meeting Organizers:
William Reznikoff, Marine Biological Laboratory,
Phoebe Rice, University of Chicago,
Irina Arkhipova, Marine Biological Laboratory,
Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail directly to the organizers in PDF format, and include title, authors, institutions, and body text. This should be a concise ~ 300 word description of the work to be presented by the submitting author (underlined). Please indicate oral/poster preference.
Poster Size - Portrait size max. 32" x54"
Talks chosen from abstracts will be 20 minutes, including Q&A

Dear Mobile DNA Researchers,

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Meeting "Mobile Genetic Elements: In Silico, In Vitro, In Vivo" which will take place from Thursday, August 31 to Saturday, September 2 at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA, USA. The meeting will bring together experimental and computational scientists seeking to narrow the existing gap between the fast-paced discovery of transposable elements (TEs) in silico, stimulated by exponential growth of comparative evolutionary genomic and metagenomics studies, and a limited number of experimental models amenable to in vitro and in vivo studies of structural, mechanistic, and regulatory properties of TEs and their impact on their prokaryotic and eukaryotic hosts. The meeting will start with dinner at 6:00 pm on Thursday and end with lunch at 1:00 pm on Saturday.

The meeting continues the series of bi-annual regional meetings held since 2007 in Woods Hole and in Cold Spring Harbor and now covers a broader swath of the continent, following the recent affiliation between the MBL and the University of Chicago. We welcome participants from any interested US and international labs.

We especially welcome abstract submissions from young scientists at the graduate, postdoctoral, and early-stage investigator levels. Half of the talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. The total cost, including registration, two-night accommodation, and three meals per day, is $350 for a person in a double occupancy room, or $450 for a person in a single room. Limited financial support towards registration costs will be made available to selected presenters, as well as to members of under-represented minority groups. To qualify for reduced registration, please provide a brief justification to either of the organizers by e-mail upon abstract submission. Funds are limited, so applying early will increase your chances.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Bill Reznikoff, Phoebe Rice and Irina Arkhipova, Organizers