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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 2019-20 speaker series, detailed in the table below. (Details will be posted as soon as they are available).

Name Affiliation Talk Title  Date Location
Hannah Moots Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford Anthropology 12,000-Year Genetic History of Rome and the Italian Peninsula Wed 10/9, 12pm Clark S360
Joanna Masel Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona Molecular errors and evolvability Wed 10/16, 12pm MSOB X303
Kimberly McManus Scientist II, Manager at 23andme Predicting the ancestry of millions Wed 10/23, 12pm Clark S360
Moisés Expósito Alonso Assistant Professor, Carnegie Department of Plant Biology Of genomic evolution in response to climate change Wed 10/30, 12pm MSOB X303
Chris Kyriazis PhD Student, UCLA Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Strongly deleterious mutations determine extinction risk in small populations Wed 11/6, 12pm Clark S360
Gill Bejerano Associate Professor of Developmental Biology Evil-Genome / Evol-Genome: Terrible diseases & amazing adaptations in A, C, G & T Wed 11/13, 12pm MSOB X303
Kirk Lohmueller Associate Professor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UCLA Roll with the changes: Shifting selection coefficients across species Wed 1/22, 12pm Clark S363
Julia Palacios Assistant Professor of Statistics and of Biomedical Data Science, Stanford Statistical summaries of unlabeled genealogies Wed 1/29, 12pm Clark S360
Qin Li  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Genetics, Stanford RNA editing plays a primary role in common autoimmune and immune-related diseases Wed 2/12, 12pm Clark S360

Iain Mathieson

Note: special day/time!

Assistant Professor of Genetics, University of Pennsylvania Using ancient DNA to study human adaptation Tu 2/18, 12:15pm Clark S360


Katharine Walter

[Rescheduled for May 20, health restrictions allowing]

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Infectious Diseases (Department of Medicine), Stanford Genomic evidence of prisons as amplifiers of community tuberculosis epidemics in Brazil Wed 3/11, 12pm Clark S363


Beeke Wienert


Postdoctoral Scholar,
Innovative Genomics Institute
Gladstone Institutes SF
Unbiased detection of CRISPR off-targets in vivo using DISCOVER-Seq Wed 4/1, 12 pm MSOB X303


Michael Fuchs

Professor of Mathematics, National Chengchi University, Taipei Asymptotic and exact counting results for phylogenetic networks Wed 4/29, 12 pm MSOB X303
Emily Ebel Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford Petrov Lab TBD Wed 5/13, 12pm LKSC 101
Katharine Walter Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Infectious Diseases (Department of Medicine), Stanford Genomic evidence of prisons as amplifiers of community tuberculosis epidemics in Brazil Wed 5/20, 12pm LKSC 101


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

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