SMBE 2024

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Deadline for Early bird registration fees:
May 10, 2024
July 7-11, 2024
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Convention Center Puerto Vallarta
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SMBE 2024
Keynote Speakers

Alicia Mastretta-Yanes
CONABIO, Mexico.
Alicia is a biologist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia, England. She currently Works as a CONAHCYT Research Fellow at CONABIO, Mexico. Her research focuses on incorporating genetic diversity into conservation using evolutionary approaches, spanning diverse ecosystems such as the Lacandona jungle, sky-islands, polluted forests, and Mexican agroecosystems. She contributed to the development of genetic diversity indicators, now adopted by the Global Biodviersity Framework, and she is actively involved in co-formulating approaches for nations to monitor and safeguard genetic diversity on a global scale.

Aida Andrés
University College London, UK.
Aida is Professor of Population and Evolutionary Genomics at University College London (UK). She is interested in how organisms adapt to their environment. In her work, this means analysing genomes, both modern and ancient, to infer how natural selection mediates genetic adaptations. Her group works mostly on humans, as they have an interesting history of fast colonisation of diverse habitats, and in endangered primates, where the ability to adapt to quickly changing environments is crucial for survival. Her group tackles these questions using genomic approaches to study the processes of adaptation, population genetic techniques to make inferences on the history of selected alleles, and functional information to infer the consequences in present-day phenotypes of previously adaptive alleles. The group is particularly interested in the types of natural selection that maintain diversity within populations (e.g. balancing selection) or that create differences among populations (e.g. local adaptation), as well as adaptive introgression.

Scott V. Edwards
Harvard University, USA.

Scott holds a B.A. from Harvard University (1986) and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (1992). Following his doctoral studies, he served as an Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Evolution at the University of Florida, Gainesville (1992-94). As a scientist, he has broad interests in the evolution of life on earth and the processes that have generated biodiversity. His research primarily utilizes birds as models to study patterns of speciation, biogeography, evolution of the genome, and the process of adaptation. This work has exposed his lab to a wide range of questions, from the evolution of immune genes and disease resistance to how best to reconstruct the tree of life.

Stephen Wright
 SMBE President
University of Toronto, Canada.
Stephen is the current President of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE). His research focuses on understanding nucleotide polymorphism and genome evolution in natural plant populations. He explores questions such as the role of mutation vs. natural selection in genome structure evolution, how population history and mating systems affect genetic variability, and the rate and genetic basis of adaptive evolution and deleterious mutation. He uses DNA sequence polymorphism and molecular evolution analysis, large-scale genome sequence data analysis, and population genetic theory to investigate these questions. He applies these approaches in a comparative context, studying both model and non-model organisms, to understand genome diversity and structure patterns. His current projects include studying transposable element evolution, the impact of recombination and mating systems on genome evolution, the effects of demographic history and natural selection on genetic diversity, and the role of gene and genome duplication in species diversification and genome evolution.

Key dates

Call for Symposia
October 2023

Selection of Symposia
November 2023

Announcement of Selected Symposia
January 2024

Call for abstracts Submission
February 2024

Deadline for submitting abstracts
March 15, 2024

Deadline for Early Bird Registration
May 10, 2024

Fun begins
July 7, 2024
Preliminary Program
SMBE 2024
Accepted Symposia

Topic 1:
Phylogenetics and Comparative Genomics.

Topic 2:
Evolutionary Genomics.

Topic 3:
Population Genetics and Demography.

Topic 4:
Paleogenomics and Ancient DNA.

Topic 5:
Evolutionary Medicine and Microbial Evolution.

Topic 6:
Conservation Genomics and Biodiversity.

Topic 7:
Functional Genomics and Regulatory Evolution.

Topic 8:
Genomic Structural Variation.

Topic 9:
Methods and Computational Approaches.

Topic 10:
Research Ethics, Equity, Outreach and Open Symposium
Local organizing

Dr. Andres Moreno-Estrada
Professor, National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (LANGEBIO), CINVESTAV

Prof. Valeria Souza
Professor, Institute of Ecology, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Dr. Karla Sandoval
Equity and Gender Office of the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (CODIGO-C), CINVESTAV

Dr. Selene Fernandez-Valverde
Senior Lecturer, RNA Institute / School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences, UNSW Sydney

Dr. Diego Ortega Del Vecchyo
Assistant Professor, International Laboratory for Human Genome Research (LIIGH), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Dr. Mashaal Sohail
Associate Professor,Center for Genomic Sciences (CCG), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Dr. Maria Avila-Arcos
Associate Professor, International Laboratory for Human Genome Research (LIIGH), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Dr. Federico Sanchez-Quinto
Associate Professor, International Laboratory for Human Genome Research (LIIGH), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Dr. Diego Cortez
Associate Professor, Center for Genomics Sciences (CCG), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
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