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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 currently take place via Zoom. Prior to the pandemic, they took place in the School of Medicine, in Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center (, Clark Center, or the Alway Building during Wednesday lunch hours. 



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We 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 


Autumn 2022 is our ten-year anniversary series, and it features former CEHG postdoctoral and predoctoral fellows. Seminars will be 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. Recording available here.
Nilah Ioannidis University of California, Berkeley Personal genome interpretation with genomic deep learning models Wed 10/19. Recording available here.
Christine Peterson University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center New approaches for integrating microbiome and covariate data Wed 10/26. Recording available here.
Yuval Simons Stanford University Simple scaling laws control the architectures of human complex traits Wed 11/2. Recording 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. Recording available here.
Rachael Bay University of California, Davis Climate adaptation in marine foundation species Wed 11/16, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom. Registration required here.
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 title for link 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.


This is our 2018-19 speaker series, detailed in the table below. 

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

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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