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Evolgenome seminar series

One of the Center's core activities is a weekly seminar series. In Evolgenome seminars, local and guest speakers present their work related to the topics of the Center. Topics include ancient DNA studies, experimental studies of evolution using model systems, large-scale sequencing studies, microbiome ecology and evolution, statistical inference of population history, theoretical evolutionary biology, and many others. The speakers are typically professors, postdocs, or graduate students discussing ongoing research. Seminars have taken place in person, over Zoom, and in hybrid format. Seminar locations have included Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center (, Clark Center, or the Alway Building during Wednesday lunch hours. 

We ask speakers to allow for plenty of time afterwards for a Q&A session. We also invite attendees to tweet their responses and thoughts, using #Evolgenome. Follow CEHG coverage @StanfordCEHG. 

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Autumn 2023 theme: Ecology and Evolution of Microbiomes. All in-person seminars in Room S360, James H. Clark Center, 318 Campus Drive, Stanford CA 94305. Virtual seminars can also be viewed in Room S360. Recordings of completed seminars are linked to the titles.

NameAffiliationTalk Title  Date
Emily EbelStanford UniversityGut microbiome diversity and function vary with dairy farming across indigenous Indian tribesWed 9/27/23, 12:30 p.m., in person.
Gabriel BirzuStanford UniversityBreaking the species barrier: Long-term coevolution leads to extensive hybridization in a natural microbial communityWed 10/4/23, 12:30 p.m., in person.
Jaime Gerardo LopezStanford UniversityA quantitative view of the human gut viromeWed 10/11/23, 12:30 p.m., in person.
Elle BarnesRochester Institute of TechnologyFrom plants to amphibians: Using ecology and genomics to build healthy microbiomes. EVENT CANCELLED   CANCELLED
Katherine XueStanford UniversityColonization dynamics in the human gut microbiome after antibiotic perturbationWed 11/1/23, 12:30 p.m., in person.
Robin RohwerUniversity of Texas at AustinFreshwater bacteria populations shift on decadal and seasonal time scales over 20 yearsWed 11/15/23, 12:30 p.m., virtual.
Benjamin GoodStanford UniversityRecombination and gene flow in the human gut microbiomeWed 11/29/23, 12:30 p.m., in person. 
Andrew MoellerCornell UniversityAdaptation and extinction of ancestral human gut microbiotaWed 12/6/23, 12:30 p.m., virtual via Zoom

Autumn 2022 featured our ten-year anniversary seminar series. All speakers were former CEHG postdoctoral and predoctoral fellows. Recordings of seminars are linked to the title.

NameAffiliationTalk Title  Date
Nicolas AlcalaInternational Agency for Research on CancerEcology and evolution of rare thoracic tumorsWed 9/28, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom.
Hannah FrankTulane UniversityImmunity in batsWed 10/12, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom
Nilah IoannidisUniversity of California, BerkeleyPersonal genome interpretation with genomic deep learning modelsWed 10/19, 12:30 p.m., Clark S360 (in person)
Christine PetersonUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterNew approaches for integrating microbiome and covariate dataWed 10/26, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom. 
Yuval SimonsStanford UniversitySimple scaling laws control the architectures of human complex traitsWed 11/2, 12:30 p.m., Clark S360 (in person). 
Laura BogarUniversity of California, DavisSymbiotic stress: how does drought affect gene expression and function in plant-fungal interactionsWed 11/9, 12:30 p.m., Clark S360 (in person)
Rachael BayUniversity of California, DavisClimate adaptation in marine foundation speciesWed 11/16, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom
Nandita GarudUniversity of California, Los AngelesEvolution in the human gut microbiomeWed 11/30, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom
Yoav RamTel Aviv UniversityLikelihood-free inference in experimental evolution using neural nets and simulationsWed 12/7, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom

Our 2021 autumn quarter speaker series was devoted to a single theme: the legacy of the landmark 1972 article “The apportionment of human diversity” by the late Richard Lewontin. Recordings of the seminars, when available, are linked to the title.

NameAffiliationTalk Title  Date
John NovembreUniversity of ChicagoThe background and legacy of Lewontin’s apportionment of diversityWed 9/29, 12:15 p.m. 
Magnus NordborgGregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant BiologyWhy do you think humans are somehow different … from plants?Wed 10/6, 12:15 p.m. 
Brandon OgbunuYale UniversityA taxonomy of misinterpretations in the modern study of human diversityWed 10/13, 12:15 p.m.
Graham CoopUniversity of California, DavisPopulation differentiation of polygenic scores under selectionWed 10/20, 12:15 p.m.
Emilia Huerta-SanchezBrown UniversityOn the geographic distribution of archaic admixture in human populationsWed 10/27, 12:15 p.m.
Jedidiah CarlsonUniversity of WashingtonThe apportionment of citations: A scientometric analysis of Lewontin, 1972Wed 11/3, 12:15 p.m.
Malia Fullerton & Jonathan KaplanUniversity of Washington and Oregon State UniversityPolygenic risk, population structure, and ongoing difficulties with race in human geneticsWed 11/10, 12:15 p.m.
Diogo MeyerUniversity of Sao PauloThe apportionment of genetic diversity at a strongly selected locus: the case of HLA genesWed 11/17, 12:15 p.m.
Marcus FeldmanCEHG co-director, Stanford UniversityDiversity and reductionism: Sixty-seven years with Richard LewontinWed 12/1, 12:15 p.m.

2018-2019 speaker series

NameAffiliationTalk TitleDate Location
Christopher JakobsonPostdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Chemical and Systems Biology (Jarosz Lab)Molecular drivers of complex heritability revealed by a natural genotype-to-phenotype mapWed 10/3, 12pmLK205/206
Gill BejeranoAssociate Professor of Developmental Biology, StanfordEvilGenome/EvolGenome: Diagnosing terrible human disease & discovering amazing animal adaptationsWed 10/10, 12pmAlway M106
Chao JiangPostdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Genetics (Snyder Lab)Dynamic Human Environmental Exposome Revealed by Longitudinal Personal MonitoringWed 10/24, 12pmAlway M114
David GokhmanPostdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Biology (Petrov and Fraser Labs)What Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA Methylation Maps Can Teach Us About Human EvolutionWed 11/28, 12pmCCSR 4205
Nadav AhituvProfessor of Bioengineering, UC San FranciscoFunctional characterization of gene regulatory elementsWed 12/5, 12pmMSOB x303
Evan G. WilliamsStaff Scientist and Senior Postdoc, ETH ZürichBreakthroughs (and Hype) in Applying Proteomics and Multi-Omics to Complex Trait GeneticsWed 1/9, 12pmAlway M114
Alex IoannidisPostdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Biomedical Data Science (Bustamante Lab)Following Ariadne's thread through many nucleotides and many islands: Genomic methods for unraveling human population historiesWed 1/16, 12pmMSOB x303
Ziyue GaoPostdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Genetics (Pritchard Lab)Sources and timing of human germline mutationWed 2/6, 12pmAlway M114
Hanna OllilaPostdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Genetics (Pritchard Lab)USF1 modulates chronotype and consolidates sleepWed 2/13, 12pmAlway M114
Mike SteelProfessor Mathematics and Statistics, University of CanterburyThe combinatorics of ‘capturing’ a phylogenetic tree from discrete data or distancesWed 4/10, 12pmMSOB x303

Felicity Jones

Note: Special time! 

Research Leader, Max Planck InstituteThe roles of gene regulation and recombination in adaptive evolution of natural stickleback populationsWed 4/17, 3pmClark S360
Yuping LiPh.D. Student, Stanford BiologySingle Nucleotide Mapping of the Locally Accessible Trait Space in Yeast Reveals Pareto Fronts that Constrain Initial AdaptationWed 4/24, 12pmMSOB x303
Priya MoorjaniAssistant Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC BerkeleyGenomic Reconstructions of Human EvolutionWed 5/15, 12pmLKSC 101
Alice PopejoyPostdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Biomedical Data ScienceGenome-Wide Search for Candidate Drivers of Adaptation Reveals Genes Enriched for Shifts in Purifying Selection (SPurS)Wed 5/22, 12pmMSOB x303
Margaret AntonioPh.D. Student, Biomedical Data ScienceAncient Rome: a genetic crossroads of the Mediterranean and EuropeWed 5/29, 12pmLKSC 101 Classroom