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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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If you would like to speak in the Evolgenome seminar series or you would like to invite someone to speak, please contact


Autumn 2022 featured our ten-year anniversary seminar series. All speakers were former CEHG postdoctoral and predoctoral fellows. Seminars took place either via Zoom or in person in Room S360, James H. Clark Center, 318 Campus Drive, Stanford CA 94305.

Name Affiliation Talk Title   Date
Nicolas Alcala International Agency for Research on Cancer Ecology and evolution of rare thoracic tumors Wed 9/28. Recording available here.
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. Recording available here.
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). Zoom link also available here.
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.
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.
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. Click on highlighted titles for links to recording.

Name Affiliation Talk Title   Date
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

Name Affiliation Talk Title Date  Location
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

Felicity Jones

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