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Evolgenome Seminars


Li Ka Shing Center, from Sallie Images

One of the Center's core activities is a weekly seminar during the academic school year followed by discussion covering current research both inside and outside CEHG member labs. In the Evolgenome seminar series, local and guest speakers present their work related to the topics of the Center. The topics range from theoretical evolutionary biology, large scale sequencing studies, paleontology, and population history, to experimental studies of evolution using model systems. The speakers are typically professors, postdocs, or graduate students discussing ongoing research. The seminars commonly take place in the School of Medicine, in Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center (, Clark Center, or the Alway Building during Wednesday lunch hours. Delicious food is always provided, so be sure to bring your friends!



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In order to encourage interaction between CEHG members, we invite everyone to enjoy a simple lunch (provided by CEHG) before the seminar starts at 12:15pm or 12:30pm. We also encourage questions during the seminar and 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.

Miss a seminar? Follow CEHG coverage @StanfordCEHG. You can watch on Stanford's popular youtube channel: Maude Phipps (from Monash University in Malaysia) discuss "Indigenous Communities of Malaysia, their Genetic History and Health" (November 2015); Elizabeth Jerison (from Harvard University) present her findings on "Genetic Determinants of Adaptability and Trade-Offs in Yeast Laboratory Evolution" (January 2016); and Michael Pearce (Stanford University) on "Evolutionary Speed Ups from Rare Reassortment" (February 2016).  

Nominate a Speaker

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


Attend our 2018-19 speaker series, detailed in the table below. (Details will be posted as soon as they are available). 



Talk Title



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


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

Alice Popejoy

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Biomedical Data Science


Wed 4/3, 12pm

MSOB x303

Felicity Jones

Research Leader, Max Planck Institute


Wed 4/17, 12pm


Yuping Li

Ph.D. Student, Stanford Biology


Wed 4/24, 12pm

MSOB x303

Priya Moorjani

Assistant Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley


Wed 5/15, 12pm

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