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11th Annual Symposium

Wednesday, February 20 | all day, Foege Auditorium | no registration required | schedule

Svante Paabo
Director, Department of Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Anne Yoder
Professor, Department of Biology, Duke University

One of the unifying themes in the Yoder lab research effort is to employ comparative molecular evolutionary data from a number of taxonomic groups in order to reconstruct Madagascar's biogeographic history. We areinterested in questions of deep time (e.g., how and when did terrestrial vertebrates colonize Madagascar?), the recent geological past (e.g., has Quaternary climate change affected patterns of vertebrate speciation?), and the present (e.g., how is the accelerating process of deforestation effecting patterns of genetic diversity in forest dependent vertebrates?).
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Katy Gonder
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, SUNY Albany

Our lab addresses questions at the interface of biology and anthropology. We use modern molecular genetics to investigate questions of interest to anthropologists and biologists concerning the evolutionary relationships, origins, histories, population structures and migration patterns of humans, primates and other taxa. One of the key issues in this field of research is to reconstruct how evolutionary forces (mutation, migration, drift and selection) have shaped and maintained genetic variation in contemporary primate populations.
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Jeff Rogers
Associate Professor, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine

My research focuses on the genetics and genomics of nonhuman primates. I began my career with studies of primate biology and primate evolution. As part of that work, I have been involved in field studies of several populations of wild primates, mostly baboons (genus Papio). In these studies, we trap animals, collect blood samples, release the animals and use the samples obtained to perform population genetic analyses of DNA polymorphisms. I am currently working with colleagues on a study of kinda baboons in Zambia that will include whole genome sequencing, population genetics and morphological and physiological investigation of this unusual population of baboons that has not been studied systematically before.
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Yoav Gilad
Associate Professor, Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago

One of the main challenges for geneticists in the 'post-genome' era is to understand the genetic architecture of gene regulation and how differences in gene regulation affect complex phenotypes, including human diseases. While many groups are studying gene regulatory mechanisms in model organisms, we reasoned that, although more challenging, the study of gene regulation in primates may carry rewards that are immediately applicable to humans. By collecting valuable samples, developing and adapting new technologies, and combining expertise in evolutionary biology, comparative genetics, and genomics, our lab has made key contributions to the study of gene regulation in humans.
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The Laurence Sandler Public Lecture

Wednesday, February 20 | 7:00 p.m., Kane Hall 120 | no registration required | poster

Svante Paabo
Director, Department of Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
"Archaic Genomics"
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The UW Department of Genome Sciences was formed in September 2001 by a merger of the Departments of Genetics and Molecular Biotechnology and has grown into a world pioneer of genome interpretation and technology innovation. Our research is at the forefront of endeavors to unlock the secrets of the genome.

We invite you to attend our 11th anniversary symposium, "Primate Genomics", on Wednesday, February 20, in Foege Auditorium. Registration is not required.



Department of Genome Sciences
Foege Building S-250, Box 355065
3720 15th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98195-5065
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The Symposium will be held in Foege Auditorium (S-060).
The Public Lecture will be held in Kane Hall 120.