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 (https://conferencecenter.stanford.edu/), 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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If you would like to speak in the Evolgenome seminar series or you would like to invite someone to speak, please contact email@example.com.
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.
|Emily Ebel||Stanford University||Gut microbiome diversity and function vary with dairy farming across indigenous Indian tribes||Wed 9/27/23, 12:30 p.m., in person.|
|Gabriel Birzu||Stanford University||Breaking the species barrier: Long-term coevolution leads to extensive hybridization in a natural microbial community||Wed 10/4/23, 12:30 p.m., in person.|
|Jaime Gerardo Lopez||Stanford University||A quantitative view of the human gut virome||Wed 10/11/23, 12:30 p.m., in person.|
|Elle Barnes||Rochester Institute of Technology||From plants to amphibians: Using ecology and genomics to build healthy microbiomes. EVENT CANCELLED||CANCELLED|
|Katherine Xue||Stanford University||Colonization dynamics in the human gut microbiome after antibiotic perturbation||Wed 11/1/23, 12:30 p.m., in person.|
|Robin Rohwer||University of Texas at Austin||Freshwater bacteria populations shift on decadal and seasonal time scales over 20 years||Wed 11/15/23, 12:30 p.m., virtual.|
|Benjamin Good||Stanford University||Recombination and gene flow in the human gut microbiome||Wed 11/29/23, 12:30 p.m., in person.|
|Andrew Moeller||Cornell University||Adaptation and extinction of ancestral human gut microbiota||Wed 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.
|Nicolas Alcala||International Agency for Research on Cancer||Ecology and evolution of rare thoracic tumors||Wed 9/28, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom.|
|Hannah Frank||Tulane University||Immunity in bats||Wed 10/12, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom|
|Nilah Ioannidis||University of California, Berkeley||Personal genome interpretation with genomic deep learning models||Wed 10/19, 12:30 p.m., Clark S360 (in person)|
|Christine Peterson||University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center||New approaches for integrating microbiome and covariate data||Wed 10/26, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom.|
|Yuval Simons||Stanford University||Simple scaling laws control the architectures of human complex traits||Wed 11/2, 12:30 p.m., Clark S360 (in person).|
|Laura Bogar||University of California, Davis||Symbiotic stress: how does drought affect gene expression and function in plant-fungal interactions||Wed 11/9, 12:30 p.m., Clark S360 (in person)|
|Rachael Bay||University of California, Davis||Climate adaptation in marine foundation species||Wed 11/16, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom|
|Nandita Garud||University of California, Los Angeles||Evolution in the human gut microbiome||Wed 11/30, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom|
|Yoav Ram||Tel Aviv University||Likelihood-free inference in experimental evolution using neural nets and simulations||Wed 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.
|John Novembre||University of Chicago||The background and legacy of Lewontin’s apportionment of diversity||Wed 9/29, 12:15 p.m.|
|Magnus Nordborg||Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology||Why do you think humans are somehow different … from plants?||Wed 10/6, 12:15 p.m.|
|Brandon Ogbunu||Yale University||A taxonomy of misinterpretations in the modern study of human diversity||Wed 10/13, 12:15 p.m.|
|Graham Coop||University of California, Davis||Population differentiation of polygenic scores under selection||Wed 10/20, 12:15 p.m.|
|Emilia Huerta-Sanchez||Brown University||On the geographic distribution of archaic admixture in human populations||Wed 10/27, 12:15 p.m.|
|Jedidiah Carlson||University of Washington||The apportionment of citations: A scientometric analysis of Lewontin, 1972||Wed 11/3, 12:15 p.m.|
|Malia Fullerton & Jonathan Kaplan||University of Washington and Oregon State University||Polygenic risk, population structure, and ongoing difficulties with race in human genetics||Wed 11/10, 12:15 p.m.|
|Diogo Meyer||University of Sao Paulo||The apportionment of genetic diversity at a strongly selected locus: the case of HLA genes||Wed 11/17, 12:15 p.m.|
|Marcus Feldman||CEHG co-director, Stanford University||Diversity and reductionism: Sixty-seven years with Richard Lewontin||Wed 12/1, 12:15 p.m.|
2018-2019 speaker series.
|Christopher Jakobson||Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Chemical and Systems Biology (Jarosz Lab)||Molecular drivers of complex heritability revealed by a natural genotype-to-phenotype map||Wed 10/3, 12pm||LK205/206|
|Gill Bejerano||Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, Stanford||EvilGenome/EvolGenome: Diagnosing terrible human disease & discovering amazing animal adaptations||Wed 10/10, 12pm||Alway M106|
|Chao Jiang||Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Genetics (Snyder Lab)||Dynamic Human Environmental Exposome Revealed by Longitudinal Personal Monitoring||Wed 10/24, 12pm||Alway M114|
|David Gokhman||Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Biology (Petrov and Fraser Labs)||What Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA Methylation Maps Can Teach Us About Human Evolution||Wed 11/28, 12pm||CCSR 4205|
|Nadav Ahituv||Professor of Bioengineering, UC San Francisco||Functional characterization of gene regulatory elements||Wed 12/5, 12pm||MSOB x303|
|Evan G. Williams||Staff Scientist and Senior Postdoc, ETH Zürich||Breakthroughs (and Hype) in Applying Proteomics and Multi-Omics to Complex Trait Genetics||Wed 1/9, 12pm||Alway M114|
|Alex Ioannidis||Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Biomedical Data Science (Bustamante Lab)||Following Ariadne's thread through many nucleotides and many islands: Genomic methods for unraveling human population histories||Wed 1/16, 12pm||MSOB x303|
|Ziyue Gao||Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Genetics (Pritchard Lab)||Sources and timing of human germline mutation||Wed 2/6, 12pm||Alway M114|
|Hanna Ollila||Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Genetics (Pritchard Lab)||USF1 modulates chronotype and consolidates sleep||Wed 2/13, 12pm||Alway M114|
|Mike Steel||Professor Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canterbury||The combinatorics of ‘capturing’ a phylogenetic tree from discrete data or distances||Wed 4/10, 12pm||MSOB x303|
Note: Special time!
|Research Leader, Max Planck Institute||The roles of gene regulation and recombination in adaptive evolution of natural stickleback populations||Wed 4/17, 3pm||Clark S360|
|Yuping Li||Ph.D. Student, Stanford Biology||Single Nucleotide Mapping of the Locally Accessible Trait Space in Yeast Reveals Pareto Fronts that Constrain Initial Adaptation||Wed 4/24, 12pm||MSOB x303|
|Priya Moorjani||Assistant Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley||Genomic Reconstructions of Human Evolution||Wed 5/15, 12pm||LKSC 101|
|Alice Popejoy||Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Biomedical Data Science||Genome-Wide Search for Candidate Drivers of Adaptation Reveals Genes Enriched for Shifts in Purifying Selection (SPurS)||Wed 5/22, 12pm||MSOB x303|
|Margaret Antonio||Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Data Science||Ancient Rome: a genetic crossroads of the Mediterranean and Europe||Wed 5/29, 12pm||LKSC 101 Classroom|